The supermarket chain revealed that there is potential for over 3,000 new homes to be built in London through Lidl’s involvement in schemes over the next three years.
Lidl has already helped to build 335 homes and is supporting the development of mixed-use schemes.
Its new store in Richmond will have a school located above it, which will provide Deer Park primary school with a suitable, permanent home.
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Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl, said that as a result of more people choosing to shop at its stores, it was in a fortunate position whereby it was able to continue to invest in communities across the country that did not currently benefit from its unique offering, through the opening of new stores and the creation of new jobs.
“Not only is this enabling us to provide greater choice for consumers – especially in the provision of healthy, affordable food – we’re also proud that our stores are increasingly helping to pave the way for mixed-use developments, which in turn are supporting important initiatives, such as housing shortages.
“To date, our stores have supported the creation of over 800 homes, which have either been built, or are soon to be built, and we’re entirely open to exploring opportunities to help facilitate further developments.
“It continues to mean a great deal to us that we are able to support many of the communities that we're a part of by providing added value above and beyond affordable food.”