Last Updated on Friday, 9 December, 2022 at 8:52 pm by Andre Camilleri
Malta’s popular retail chain, Lidl has inaugurated a new €3 million logistics centre in Burmarrad. The company will be also creating new jobs to fill roles at the warehouse, which will serve as a supply for all Lidl stores in Malta. The new state-of-the-art premises is located in the central north area of Burmarrad, Wied il-Għasel Valley and it forms part of a recently built complex, Vassallo Business Park. Prime Minister Robert Abela attended the unveiling of the new centre. He was welcomed and shown around the new building by Lidl Malta CEO, Massimiliano Silvestri and the Country Director of Lidl Malta, Gianluca Celentano.
“Dr Abela’s presence for today’s inauguration confirms how much Lidl Malta has grown in recent years, becoming a solid economic contributor, relevant for the whole country” said Massimiliano Silvestri, Lidl Malta CEO during his opening speech.
The very efficient and environmentally friendly business premises will handle Lild’s storage and distribution. It covers and expanse of 14,900 square meters and will employ around 30 new staff members. The new centre at Wied il-Għasel Vally aims to raise Lidl’s storage capacities in Malta as well as to upgrade its business operations. It will be replacing Lidl’s previous Ħandaq distribution centre, which is much smaller in size. Thanks to this investment, Lidl will be providing an even better quality, both in product and experience since the new centre will aid Lidl Malta to optimize the daily replenishment of their stores, in Malta and Gozo.
Gianluca Celentano, Lidl Malta Country Director, underlines the importance of this opening:“The new logistics centre will be operational in a few days, enabling us to optimize the entire supply chain and improve customer service and experience. This modern and innovative structure will also allow us to support the future development of our sales network with the opening of new supermarkets. In fact 2023 will see us open our new Zebbug store, with another outlet opening in Qormi in 2024 creating a further 55 news jobs. None of this would have been possible without the great work of our team here in Malta. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our colleagues and wish them all the best, especially to those who will start working in this warehouse in the coming weeks”.
Last week, the supermarket chain, continued to boost its local investment with the opening of its 10th store, in Burmarrad Road. The latter has replaced former Scotts Supermarket, generating 17 more jobs. Indeed, the opening of an improved and larger logistics centre at Vassallo Business Park, not only reaffirms Lidl’s continuous growth and expansion locally, but it also underlines the company’s commitment in creating more job opportunities.
Lidl currently operates a network of 10 stores in Malta, employing over 450 people. The first three Maltese stores opened its doors in 2008 in Santa Venera, San Gwann and Luqa. Since then, the company expanded further with nine other stores in Safi, Qormi, Sliema, Mosta, Żejtun, Burmarrad and Victoria Gozo.