Lidl shoppers in Portadown, Lurgan, Craigavon and Banbridge praised for playing part in retailer's 'phenomenal success'

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Lidl Northern Ireland has outlined the valuable role its operations in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon (ABC) borough play in the retailer’s increasing growth.

A specially commissioned report by Oxford Economics and Lidl Northern Ireland examined the retailer’s growing impact and capture its value to the economy as it marks 25 years since opening its first store in Northern Ireland in May 1999 in Cookstown.

Figures show that the retailer’s five stores in the ABC area contributed £76m to a region-wide £360 million boost to the local economy in 2023.

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The report also revealed the retailer procured £142m of goods and services across the ABC borough, providing a major boost to the export efforts of local suppliers.

Pictured as a new report marking its 25th anniversary reveals that Lidl Northern Ireland pumped a record £360 million into the local economy in 2023, doubling its annual economic contribution over the past five years, from left, Ivan Ryan, Regional Managing Director, Lidl Northern Ireland, and J.P. Scally, Chief Executive Officer Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland. Picture: Phil SmythPictured as a new report marking its 25th anniversary reveals that Lidl Northern Ireland pumped a record £360 million into the local economy in 2023, doubling its annual economic contribution over the past five years, from left, Ivan Ryan, Regional Managing Director, Lidl Northern Ireland, and J.P. Scally, Chief Executive Officer Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland. Picture: Phil Smyth
Pictured as a new report marking its 25th anniversary reveals that Lidl Northern Ireland pumped a record £360 million into the local economy in 2023, doubling its annual economic contribution over the past five years, from left, Ivan Ryan, Regional Managing Director, Lidl Northern Ireland, and J.P. Scally, Chief Executive Officer Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland. Picture: Phil Smyth

As part of its milestone celebrations, Lidl Northern Ireland announced a further investment of £150m into expanding its presence within Northern Ireland and upgrading and revitalising its existing store network.

Plans have been submitted to develop new stores in several locations including Craigavon.

Other key findings in the report measured Lidl Northern Ireland’s impacts across its people and local suppliers and show the retailer paid around £2.9 million in wages in 2023 in the ABC borough.

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JP Scally, chief executive officer Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland said: “As we mark 25 years of Lidl Northern Ireland, we’re proud to share the findings of this latest economic impact report which not only affirms our position as a leading retailer and employer, but which cements our commitment to delivering for everyone in the region.

"Since day one, our aim has always been to offer consumers the very best quality produce at market leading value whilst operating sustainably and delivering tangible impacts for the communities which we serve.

"Today, we can clearly see the fruits of our labour and I’m very proud of the significant impacts we have delivered for the wider Northern Ireland economy and, importantly, our customers who continue to vote with their feet and choose Lidl Northern Ireland.

"With consistent growth propelling us to a current market share of 9.1 percent, we’ve enjoyed phenomenal success and that’s down to the hard work and dedication of our fantastic employees across the region, as well as our incredible Northern Irish suppliers who have grown with us and continue to champion the highest quality produce.”