The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Aldi to accelerate expansion plans


The chief executive of Aldi has outlined aggressive expansion plans that could see the German supermarke­t open over a thousand new stores.

Matthew Barnes has indicated that Aldi could open up to eight stores in some British towns, piling further pressure on its more establishe­d rivals.

“If you look at the population, we think not only could we have a store in every town and city, but for every 25,000 to 30,000 people,” he said.

Aldi currently has 700 British outlets and, according to Mr Barnes’ calculatio­ns and the UK population, this could increase to 2,600 stores as part of the firm’s expansion plan.

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