2020 10 07

Press Release

Mitnija continues partnership with Lidl GB, builds fifth store

Mitnija, one of the largest construction companies in Lithuania, won a Design & Build order worth GBP 3 million (around EUR 3.3 million) and began constructing a new Lidl store of almost 2,000 sq. m in the town of Shoeburyness near Southend-on-Sea, Essex in the southeast of England. This is Mitnija’s fifth order from Lidl GB, the British arm of one of the largest retail companies in Europe. Mitnija will complete construction early in 2021.

Since 2016, Mitnija has built four stores for Lidl GB according to the new “Lidl of the Future” concept. Located in Clacton, Hinckley, Felixstowe and Lowestoft, their total area is 9,000 sq. m. Mitnija built all of these stores by providing a full Design & Build service package.

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Mantas Enčeris, Head of Mitnija’s branch in the UK, commented that the long-term partnership with Lidl GB is the result of consistent efforts in implementing the company’s strategy.

“Our partnership with Lidl in the United Kingdom started in 2016, after a successful collaboration between Lidl and Mitnija in Lithuania, where we built a 42,000 sq. m logistics center in the Kaunas region and six stores for this long-term client. We have carried out all the orders from Lidl GB by providing our Design & Build service. This means that as the general contractor, we are responsible for the entire process – from design to construction. In the UK, most projects are built under the Design & Build concept. Our ability to provide such a service has undoubtedly contributed to our successful partnership with Lidl GB and other clients in the UK.”

“Lidl of the Future” stores in the UK stand out due to their modern architecture, spacious planning and energy-efficient technologies. They have wider aisles, larger spaces for goods between the tills, baby-care facilities as well as larger employee relaxation rooms. The front façade of the building is made entirely out of glass, so the interior is illuminated by natural light, while automatically controlled external shutters protect the building from heat.

Lidl pays special attention to the environment. Compared to other buildings of similar size and purpose, new Lidl stores emit 20% less CO2, i.e. around 40 metric tons of CO2 annually. The lighting system in the stores, which consists of LEDs, also saves about 50% of electricity compared to conventional lighting systems.