Aldi unveils plans to open more than 400 new UK stores – will there be one in your area?

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Aldi is one of the UK’s most popular supermarkets, with 900 stores in the country. Now, the discount retailer has unveiled plans to open more than 400 other stores in the UK.

In 2018, Aldi announced that it wanted to have a total of 1,200 shops in the UK by 2025.

The supermarket is quickly reaching that target as it has just opened its 900th store in the country.

This means that it has opened around one new store a week in recent years.

Additionally, Aldi has now unveiled it is searching for more than 400 sites to build new shops in various areas of the UK.

The supermarket is looking for 400 sites in England, 30 in Wales, and 20 in Scotland.

The sites in England are all over the country, from the north-east to the south-west.

Meanwhile, the Welsh towns currently on the list are only in the south of the nation.

Aldi is the UK’s fifth largest supermarket, and it has drastically expanded over the past decade.

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Aldi opened its first UK store in 1990, and since then it has competed alongside Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Lidl as part of the UK’s six biggest supermarkets.

Although Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, and Sainsbury’s are the UK’s original Big Four supermarkets, discounters Aldi and Lidl are quickly catching up.

For its new stores, Aldi is looking for suitable sites in the middle of town centres or at the edge of centres.

It wants each site to be around 1.5 acres and able to accommodate a 20,00 sq ft store.

There must also be around 100 parking spaces, ideally on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access.

Ciaran Aldridge, National Property Director at Aldi UK, commented on the move.

He said: “We have been investing in Britain for more than 30 years now, but we know that there are still areas that either do not have an Aldi at all, or that need another store to meet customer demand.

“Shoppers are increasingly looking to get unbeatable prices on their weekly shop without compromising on quality.”

Mr Aldridge added: “That’s why, more so than ever, we’re keen to explore all opportunities to open new stores across the country.”

Some of the cities Aldi is looking at include Bristol, Oxford, Birmingham, Liverpool, Cardiff, and Edinburgh.

In other Aldi news, the supermarket is bringing back some of its most popular garden Specialbuys this summer.

From June 27, customers will be able to get their hands on the Rattan Effect Corner Sofa and Cover Bundle, and the Wooden Garden Trolley.

On July 4, the large hanging egg chair will be on sale for £249.99.

This is similar to the supermarket’s iconic hanging egg chair, but bigger.

List of possible new store locations

100 sites in the South East, including Brighton, Oxford and Reading

71 sites in the South West, including Bristol, Plymouth and Swindon

54 sites in the West Midlands, including Birmingham, Warwick and Worcester

61 sites in the East Midlands, including Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham

38 sites in the East of England, including Cambridge, St Albans and Hemel Hampstead

50 sites in the North West, including Manchester, Liverpool and Warrington

11 sites in the North East, including Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland

35 sites in Yorkshire, including Middlesbrough, Harrogate and Halifax

20 sites in Scotland, including Edinburgh, Dumbarton and Shotts

30 sites in Wales, including Cardiff, Newport and Swansea

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