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Aldi opens 700th store and new £60m distribution hub
09 Mar 2017

  • Aldi’s new Cardiff distribution centre becomes fully operational next month, creating 400 jobs
  • 700th store opens in Whitstable, Kent, as part of programme to reach 1,000 UK stores by 2022
  • Aldi is investing more than £450m this year to increase capacity across the UK 
  • Total investment in UK stores and supply chain over last five years is £1.7bn 
Aldi has pledged to open a store in every major British town and city, as it opens its 700th store in Kent and a new £60m distribution centre in Cardiff.    
The UK’s fastest-growing supermarket is investing more than £450m this year to add capacity to its stores and distribution network so that it can keep pace with the unprecedented demand from consumers.    
During the last quarter, Aldi attracted 826,000 more shoppers compared to the same period last year and recently overtook the Co-op to become the UK’s fifth-largest supermarket. [removed]Source Kantar 12 weeks 29/01/17[removed]
The new £60m Cardiff facility is Aldi’s ninth UK distribution centre.  Measuring 46,000m2, the site is the size of 11 football pitches or 36 Olympic swimming pools. The facility will serve Aldi’s growing number of stores across Wales and the South West of England and will create 400 jobs. 
The grocer’s landmark 700th store has opened in Whitstable, Kent.  The store is one of more than 100 sites that Aldi now has in the South East, including more than 30 inside the M25, as it continues to attract new customers across the region.  
The new store is one of 70 opening this year and Aldi remains on course to have 1,000 stores across the UK by 2022.  
Matthew Barnes, Chief Executive Officer, Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “During the last five years we have invested £1.7bn in new stores and distribution centres to bring Aldi to the 14m customers that now regularly shop with us.     
“But there are many more potential customers who don’t shop at Aldi because there isn’t a store near where they live. We want to change this by having a store in every major town and city across Britain.”
In addition to its new Cardiff regional distribution centre, Aldi is investing £150m to increase capacity in the North of England and Scotland by enlarging existing distribution centres in Darlington and Bathgate.
Matthew Barnes added: “We remain committed to meeting the strong demand across the country for new stores and will continue to invest in our operations so that we can introduce millions of new customers to Aldi’s great products and low prices.”    
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