Aldi plans more distribution centres as it opens 100 new stores

Discount supermarket chain Aldi has pledged to develop new and expanded distribution centres over the next two years as it plans to open 100 new stores in the UK.

Aldi plans to build a new 1.3msq ft distribution centre in Leicestershire. The company won planning permission for a warehouse at Nailstone Colliery in west Leicestershire last year.

The supermarket is investing £1.3 billion by 2023 in a bid to further grow its retail estate, as it continues to push ahead with plans to open an average of one new store a week.

It has now released an updated list of some of the locations where it is currently looking for new sites, including cities like York and Coventry, as well as smaller towns such as Bicester and Hitchin.

The retailer is on the hunt for locations large enough to accommodate a car park for 100 vehicles, in addition to a store of at least 20,000 square foot.

Richard Thornton, communications director at Aldi UK, said: “We’re continuing to gain even more customers - with over 60 percent of UK households shopping with Aldi in the last year.

“Our focus is on expanding our store estate, making sure Aldi is accessible to as many of these new shoppers across the country as possible.

“Looking ahead, we are excited to provide millions of new customers with access to Aldi’s award-winning quality and unbeatable value as we create even more places and more ways to shop with us.”