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UK: Aldi reveals wishlist of new store locations

Discount Retail Chain Aldi UK has set out where it most wants to open new stores as it continues its expansion across the UK. The discounter recently set a new target of 1,500 UK stores, having opened its 1,000th earlier this month. This morning it released its latest list of priority locations for new sites in towns and cities spanning the length and breadth of the country.

Aldi is looking for freehold town centre, edge of centre, and retail park sites suitable for property development. The sites should be able to accommodate a 20,000 sq ft store with around 100 parking spaces. Ideally the location will be near a main road with good visibility and access.

Anyone with a site fitting the requirements is urged to email Aldi’s property team at

“We want to make our great-value groceries accessible to all, and to do that we need more stores, particularly in towns and areas that don’t have an Aldi already,” said Aldi UK communications director Richard Thornton.

“The areas we’ve identified in our latest list are places where there is demand for stores and we are committed to continue investing until we can bring our quality products and unbeatable prices to as many people as possible.”

Announcing its full year results earlier this week, Aldi said it was investing a further £1.4bn in the UK over the next two years in opening new sites and improving existing stores, as well as technology infrastructure to support growth.

Aldi’s latest list of priority locations includes:

  • London – Kensington and Hackney

  • South west – Penzance and Bath

  • South east – Maidenhead and Worthing

  • North west – Warrington and Bramhall

  • North east – Newcastle Upon Tyne and South Shields

  • East Midlands – Nottingham and Derby

  • West Midlands – Birmingham and Warwick

  • East of England – Cambridge and Brentwood

  • Yorkshire and the Humber – Harrogate and York

  • Wales – Cardiff and Chepstow

  • Scotland – Clarkston and Cathcart


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