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New Lidl centre in Sandwell 'to create 500 jobs'

Up to 500 jobs will be created after supermarket chain Lidl announced plans for a new distribution centre in the West Midlands.

It will be built on land near the M6 in Wednesbury, Sandwell Council said.

The supermarket will hire managerial office workers as well as warehouse staff, with the council aiming to secure roles for local people, it said.

Lidl has conditionally acquired the site and is now working with developers.

Planning permission is in place for a 597,000 sq ft development and plans are expected to be submitted in the coming months, the authority said.

Ingo Fischer, from Lidl UK, said the new warehouse would help service the firm's stores in the West Midlands region.

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