Is Aldi opening a store near YOU? Supermarket giant reveals its wish list of new locations across the UK – and offers a finder’s fee for anyone who can help find suitable sites
Aldi has revealed a wish list of new store locations across the UK and has offered a finder’s fee for anyone who can help find suitable sites.
The UK’s fifth largest supermarket has been on a rapid expansion drive in recent years, helping it grow its market share to a record 9%.
The German-owned discount supermarket already has more than 960 stores across the UK and is looking for freehold town centre or edge-of-town sites of around 1.5 acres to build new stores.
And they want to build new stores in 55 areas – including Brentwood, Liverpool, Sunderland, Wigan.
It wants sites that are able to fit a 20,000 square foot store with around 100 parking spaces, ideally near a main road with good visibility and access.
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Aldi has revealed its wish list for where it wants to open 55 new stores across the UK – and have asked the public to help locate suitable sites for the supermarket to expand. Pictured, an Aldi store in Cheshire
The supermarket is offering a finder’s fee for people who successfully recommend a site – including members of the public – of either 1.5% of the freehold price or 10% of the first year’s rent for leasehold sites.
Aldi UK national property director George Brown said: ‘By opening more Aldi stores, we can provide affordable, high-quality food to even more people.
‘But despite our growth in recent years, some people still don’t have access to a local store, which is why it is our mission to continue on with our ambitious growth plans and change that.
‘Our finder’s fee is available to anyone who can find Aldi an appropriate property so we’d encourage people to share any suitable suggestions and get it touch.’
In April, it was revealed that Aldi was challenging the dominance of Britain’s ‘Big Four’ supermarkets after attracting an extra million customers in the past year.
The budget chain looks set to overtake Morrisons as the fourth-biggest grocer as the cost-of-living crisis prompts shoppers to search for cheaper no-frills options.
The boost means the German-owned budget supermarket has almost quadrupled its market share in the past decade to 8.8 per cent, as Morrisons has gradually slipped to 9.5 per cent.
The sector is dominated by Tesco, with 27 per cent of sales, followed by Sainsbury’s (15 per cent) and Asda (14.1 per cent) – all of which are down on a year ago.
Low-cost Lidl was the only other supermarket chain to increase its share compared to 2021, and now claims a 6.6 per cent slice of the market.
Between them, Aldi and Lidl now account for almost £1 in every £6 spent at checkouts.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Aldi is the first UK supermarket to debut ice-cream for dogs this summer.
According to the budget retailer, the cool snack is now available in stores nationwide.
Beechdean Doggy Ice Cream, which comes in packs of four (110ml per portion), costing £2.99, is 100 per cent plant-based.
As well as being available in stores, local ice-cream vendors in Brighton, Essex and Scotland have partnered with Aldi, to ensure sweet-toothed mutts can get their paws on the treat.
The list of areas Aldi is targeting for new stores
Gerrards Cross/Chalfont St Peter
Leicester Fosse Park
Lightwood, Stoke on Trent
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Aldi wants to open new supermarkets at 55 locations in the UK