Discount grocery chain Lidl has announced plans to construct a regional distribution center in Covington, Georgia. It aims to investing approximately $100 million on the project, which will create 270 new full-time jobs over the next five years. The 925,000-square-foot facility will serve as a regional headquarters and supply products to Lidl stores across the state and beyond.
“I am grateful for Lidl’s investment in Georgia and the tremendous opportunities that it will create for hardworking people in Newton County,” said Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp. “Our logistics infrastructure puts domestic and international markets within arm’s reach, and leading brands from around the world are taking notice. As the No. 1 State for Business for seven years running, Georgia’s ability to support international companies looking to expand their US footprint is unmatched.”
“We look forward to breaking ground on Lidl’s fourth regional distribution center in the United States and hiring hundreds of new team members in Georgia,” said Lidl US Chairman Roman Heini. “This centrally located facility will allow us to efficiently deliver outstanding quality products to our customers at the lowest possible prices and expand our network of stores across the region. We thank Governor Brian Kemp and local leaders for their tremendous support during this process.”
Lidl previously considered Cartersville for the site, but after further evaluation it chose a location that is more centralized for its store network in the state and meet future expansion plans. The retail chain has opened four outlets in Georgia and has hired more than 150 employees in Augusta, Mableton, Marietta, and Snellville.
About the Company
Headquartered in Neckarsulm, Germany, Lidl operates more than 11,000 retail stores in 32 countries, employing around 287,000 people globally. It offers customers a wide range of products ranging from vegetables and fruits to meat, poultry, seafood, baked goods, value-added frozen foods and ice cream. The company established its US headquarters in Arlington County, Virginia, in June of 2015, and today operates more than 85 stores across nine east coast states.