German retailer Lidl has inaugurated a new €55 million distribution centre in Nova Pazova, Serbia, as the company prepares to open its first stores in the country.
The 45,000 square-metre facility can store up to 30,000 pallets, features 120 loading ramps and can supply up to 100 stores once it is operating at full capacity.
The centre also features five temperature-controlled storage zones to ensure that various products are kept at optimal temperatures, including a dedicated chamber used exclusively for chocolate products.
Approximately 180 employees will work at the site, which is one of the largest sites in Southeast Europe to achieve the LEED Gold sustainability certificate due to the site’s incorporation of sustainable building materials, efficient use of water and the creation of better working conditions due to the high indoor air quality and use of natural light.
Lidl Serbia general manager Tomislav Šapina said: “Today’s opening of the logistics centre is an important event for Lidl, because we are offering consumers in Serbia a unique shopping experience, fresh and quality products, and the best price/quality ratio.
“For Serbia, this is a confirmation that Lidl comes as a long-term partner, who is there to stay and develop and improve together.”
Aksel Ditman, Germany’s ambassador to Serbia added: “This is an outstanding example of the growing intensity of economic relations between Germany and Serbia.
“In Serbia, there are about 400 German companies with a total of 45,000 workers and investments worth about 2 billion euros, which means that the engagement of German companies in Serbia has never been stronger.”
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