Aldi plans to open 130 more UK branches in next two years creating 5,000 jobs

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.

There will be 130 new Aldi stores opened in the UK in the next two years
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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.”

The new stores will be supported by three new warehouses planned in Sheppey in Kent, Sawley in Derbyshire; and Bedford, as well as the extension of existing distribution centres in Darlington and Bathgate in West Lothian.

The expansion announcement came as Aldi revealed that sales grew 16.4 per cent across the UK and Ireland to a record £10.2 billion in 2017.

Full-year operating profit rose 26 per cent to £265.9 million.

Discounters, like Aldi, have eaten into the market share of Britain’s so-called “big four” supermarkets.

Aldi now accounts for 7.6 per cent of all UK grocery store spending, according to Kantar Worldpanel data.

And rival Lidl – which currently has 710 shops in the UK – has previously said it plans to open between 1,200 and 1,500 stores in the long term.

Hurley said: “Savvy customers know they can swap and save with Aldi, thanks to great quality products at lower prices.

“This is happening on a massive scale, with more than 1.1 million new customers shopping with us throughout 2017.

“While other grocers introduced more complexity into their businesses in their struggle to win back customers, we stuck to our guns and focused on doing what Aldi does best – buying smart, staying lean, improving quality and keeping prices low.”

In September this year, Tesco unveiled its new discount supermarket, Jack’s, which it hopes can take on discounters Aldi and Lidl.

Tesco plans to open between 10 to 15 branches of the new chain over the next six months, as it tries to tempt back customers from German discount rivals.

At least five of these stores will be existing Tesco branches.

Two new stores have already opened in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire and Immingham, north east Lincolnshire.

Stores will have have far fewer products – just 2,600 compared to tens of thousands in normal Tesco branches.

Just like Aldi and Lidl, Jack’s is focused on selling British produce with eight out of 10 products in stores made or produced in the UK.


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