Lidl is to invest over GBP30m (US$46.4m) in Scotland over the next 12 months as it builds on success in attracting more local shoppers to its stores.

The discounter plans to refurbish some of its older 88 stores in the country, extend its distribution centre in Livingston and build more outlets.

A spokesperson said Lidl was in the process of building another store and had announced plans for two more outlets. He said the German retailer was at “various stages of planning with several other sites”.

Ross Millar, MD of Lidl Scotland, said the investment would lead to the recruitment of over 500 new permanent staff.

“It’s been a tough few years for everyone in Scotland but Lidl has continued to grow from strength to strength,” Millar said.

Lidl declined to provide sales figures for its Scottish business. In the UK as a whole, its sales and market share are on the rise. In the 12 weeks to 9 June, Lidl’s sales increased 8.5% year-on-year to over GBP750m. Its share of the UK grocery market was 3%, up from 2.8% a year earlier.