In a move that will more efficiently supply a growing number of its Northeast stores—and help to take the heat off a supply chain facing booming demand amid the coronavirus crisis—Lidl U.S. announced its distribution center in Perryville, Md., is now open.
The 700,000-square-foot facility, first announced in 2016, will supply stores in five states and bolster other facilities in Fredericksburg, Va., and in Mebane, N.C.
Lidl invested more than $100 million in the project, located in Cecil County in the Northeastern part of the state, bringing supply within about 200 miles of Lidl’s growing footprint in the Northeast.
“As we work hard to meet the surging needs of our customers during this critical time, we are thrilled to open our newest regional distribution center in Cecil County, Md.,” Johannes Fieber, CEO of Lidl U.S., said in a statement. “The facility will allow us to efficiently deliver our award-winning products to thousands of customers from Maryland to New York and support our expansion across the region. We thank Gov. [Larry] Hogan and local leaders for their tireless support leading up to today.”
Lidl U.S. recently announced that employees enrolled in company insurance plans, including those at the new regional distribution center, will be offered medical benefits covering testing and treatment related to COVID-19 at no cost. Lidl U.S. also provides medical benefits for all full- and part-time employees, regardless of the number of hours they work per week.
“Maryland is proud to support Lidl’s new regional distribution center, which will create 200 new jobs when they are needed the most and enable the company to more efficiently deliver their high-quality products throughout the region at a time when demand is at an all-time high,” said Hogan. “We also commend Lidl’s commitment to providing all employees with health insurance as well as COVID-19 testing and treatment, which is critical to fighting this global pandemic.”