Discount supermarket retailer Aldi will be opening 130 new stores between 2019 and 2020, creating 5,000 new jobs over the next two years.
To fuel its expanded store network, three new Regional Distribution Centres (RDCs) are already planned for Sheppey, Sawley and Bedford in the coming years, as well as extensions to existing centres in Darlington and Bathgate.
The supermarket retailer has also invested £300m to create more in-store space for its ‘fresh, chilled and food-to-go ranges’, as well as simpler layouts, improved fixtures and brighter, wider aisles. Over 200 existing stores will be converted to the new format by the end of this year and a further 380 stores by the end of 2021.
CEO Giles Hurley said: “Our future investment plans underline our 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.
“Our fundamental purpose remains – to bring outstanding quality groceries at the lowest prices for our customers, creating jobs and supporting British farming and manufacturing. 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. We’re proud to be reaffirming our commitment today.”