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German retail giant Lidl opens Baltic logistics center in Rīga

January 25 saw the giant German the retailer Lidl open a new logistics center to serve the Baltic states in Rīga. Located at 131 Dzelzavas Street, it will provide future Lidl stores in Latvia and Estonia with goods and products.

At the opening of the logistics center Jakob Josefsson, Chairman of the Board of Lidl Latvija and Lidl Eesti said: “Last year was very significant for us—we completed the construction of this modern building and created over 1,200 new jobs throughout Latvia with our recruitment campaign. Opening the logistic center during this substantial global crisis demonstrates our dedication and will send an optimistic signal to our colleagues, future customers and to the society that we can successfully operate in these turbulent times and reach our goals”.

Jakob Josefsson, Lidl executive, at logistics center opening

Lidl has repeatedly been expected to open stores in Latvia over the years, and now fans of the chain's stack-it-high, sell-it-cheap approach finally have confirmation that store openings must be fairly imminent. Currently, five Lidl store buildings have been constructed - three in Riga, one each in Jēkabpils and Liepāja, though when they will actually open to the public remains unknown.

“Commencing operations at this logistics center in Rīga is a very important milestone towards the future Lidl store opening because it is a starting point from where the goods will daily be delivered to Lidl stores in Latvia and later in Estonia to guarantee high-quality products for the best price to our customers,” said Josefsson.

In 1973, the first Lidl store opened in Ludwigshafen, Germany and quickly grew into a national chain. During the 1990s, it began opening stores outside of Germany and now operates around 11,200 stores in 32 countries, employing more than 310,000 people globally.

Lidl logistics center, Rīga
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