Aldi To Open 80 New Stores In UK This Year


Supermarket chain Aldi will create 5,000 new jobs and open 80 new stores as part of its expansion plans in the UK.

The German-owned company currently employs around 28,000 workers in more than 600 stores across the country.

By the end of the year, it expects to have 700 outlets.

Aldi regional managing director Ruth Doyle said: “To support our continued expansion and the ongoing performance of our existing stores, it’s important that we attract the right candidates across all of our roles.

“We’re looking for individuals with a real passion for retail who are seeking a long-term career with a growing and ambitious business.

“Aldi provides all staff with extensive training and development opportunities to ensure they have the necessary skills to make a real success of their career.”

Aldi said it had invested heavily in its academy, which is based in Bolton and has recruitment specialists who train staff.

Established supermarket chains in Britain have faced pressure to cut prices since after the recession when the discount chains began their assault on the shopping habits of consumers.

In November the combined market share of Aldi and Lidl, another German chain, surpassed 10% in the UK for the first time, according to the research firm Kantar Worldpanel.

Aldi and Lidl have doubled their market share in just three years, expanding their offerings to more locations at a time when inflation has already been weak because of the collapse in world oil prices.

The most recent figures from Kantar show that Aldi’s growth rate continues to accelerate.

In the 12 weeks to the end of January, till receipts increased nearly 14% versus the same period last year.


 [Source:- sky]