Aldi unveils updated list of priority locations

26th June 2024 | Jack Oliver

Aldi has unveiled its updated list of priority locations, as the retailer aims to hit its long-term target of 1,500 UK stores.

Last month, the supermarket retailer asked members of the public to get in touch to highlight where they felt Aldi stores were needed the most.

The retailer said it had received thousands of requests, and has since reviewed its list of priority locations for UK stores.

The areas where Aldi is now targeting new openings include:

The retailer – which currently operates over 1,020 stores in the UK – has also identified further locations in the UK where it believes there is demand for an Aldi store. This includes over 100 locations within the M25 and an additional 100 in the wider South East.

Jonathan Neale, managing director of national real estate at Aldi UK, said: “We want to make high quality food accessible to all, but we can’t do that while there are still some towns and areas that either don’t have an Aldi or have capacity for additional stores.  

“We recognise there is huge demand in certain regions for more stores, which is why we decided to get the public’s input on our latest list of priority locations. They have helped us identify where demand is greatest and we will continue to work to bring Aldi to as many people as possible.”

Aldi is seeking sites which are able to accommodate a 20,000 sq ft store with around 100 parking spaces. Ideal locations will be near a main road with good visibility and access. 

The retailer is also on the lookout for suitable sites for its Aldi Local store format within the M25, which are around 5,000 sq ft in size.

Earlier this year, Aldi said it would invest over £550m into its store and distribution network over the course of 2024. This included plans to open new stores and to invest into its existing locations and distribution centres.


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