Aldi has reportedly revealed a “wish list” of priority locations across the country where it is looking to build new stores on town-centre or edge-of-town sites that are around 1.5 acres.
As the UK’s fifth largest supermarket, Aldi has more than 960 stores across the country currently and is said to have been on an expansion drive in recent years, which has helped the company grow its market share to a “record” 9%.
It has specified that each new site should be able to accommodate a 20,000sq foot store with around 100 parking spaces. Ideally, it said it also desires a location near a main road with “good visibility and access”.
Overall, Aldi is reportedly considering 56 locations across the UK for its new sites, which include Birmingham, Coventry, Dorchester, Oxford and Torquay.
The supermarket is also offering a “finder’s fee” for members of the public who recommend a site, which is either 1.5% of a freehold price or 10% of the first year’s rent for leasehold sites.
George Brown, national property director at Aldi UK, said: “By opening more Aldi stores, we can provide affordable, high-quality food to even more people, but despite our growth in recent years, some people still don’t have access to a local store, which is why it is our mission to continue on with our ambitious growth plans and change that.
“Our finder’s fee is available to anyone who can find Aldi an appropriate property, so we’d encourage people to share any suitable suggestions and get in touch.”