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Lidl History

The first Lidl Northern Ireland store opened in the year 1999 and more than 20 years later, we now have more than 40 stores, 1 regional distribution centre in Nutts Corner and employ more than 1000 people in Northern Ireland.

We take great pride in providing our customers with the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices, and work with a network of more than 260 Irish suppliers from the communities we operate in to keep our shelves stocked with nutritious, fresh produce.

Read more about our history below to find out why there’s never been a better time to join Lidl Ireland.

Lidl Ireland's History



Our first store opens in Germany, employing 3 people and stocking aound 500 product lines.



We open 300 stores across Germany.



We begin opening stores outside Germany, starting in France, and in 1994 we open our first GB store.



We open our first store in Northern Ireland in Cookstown.

2000 - 2005

2000 - 2008

We open 3 new regional distribution centres in the Republic of Ireland.

2019 1


We celebrated our 200th store opening on the island of Ireland in Tullamore.

2019 2


We opened our new state-of-the-art regional distribution centre in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

2020 1


Lidl Ireland is named the Most Reputable Food Retailer in Ireland. Globally, Lidl has over 310,000 employees in 32 countries.

Business Eye Awards 2022


Lidl Northern Ireland was awarded Employer of the Year at the Business Eye Awards in Belfast.

In recognition of our teams' hard work!

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