BUDGET supermarket Aldi has confirmed plans to open 130 new stores in the UK over the next two years.
The move will create 5,000 jobs and help it reach its target of 1,000 stores by 2022.
The discounter is already Britain’s fifth largest supermarket with 775 stores open so far.
It attracted 1.1million new shoppers in the last year alone.
Aldi has also outlined plans to boost its range of British suppliers, who already account for its core range of meat, eggs, milk butter and fresh meat.
The supermarket said it currently spends more than £100 million each week with more than 1,000 local suppliers.
Giles Hurley, chief executive of Aldi UK and Ireland, said the supermarket’s investment signalled its “continued commitment to growing responsibly in the UK”.
“That means having a positive and lasting impact on the economies where we operate and improving the lives of British people,” he added.
“In 2020, Aldi will have been serving British shoppers for 30 years. In that time, we’ve become part of the fabric of British life.”