Aldi continued the quest towards its 1,200 supermarket milestone in the UK by opening its 900th store in Sandhurst, Berkshire.
The discount retailer, which has said the initiative will help create 4,000 jobs in the UK over the coming year, says it is opening an average of one store each week, including new sites in Hertford, St Ives and Cambridge. The Aldi store in Sandhurst is the town’s first Aldi.
“Until today, Sandhurst was one of many areas in the UK without an Aldi," John Richardson, Regional Managing Director, said. "Opening our 900th store means that, after years of careful investment in our UK store network, we’re another step forward in making Aldi available to as many shoppers as possible, which is more important than ever before as many household budgets become squeezed.
“Our 1,000th store is now firmly in sight and we’re on track to meet our target of operating 1,200 stores in the UK in five years’ time.”
New supermarkets have also opened in Plympton, Holyhead and Market Drayton as Aldi enjoys its successful run during its 30-year anniversary. Driven by increasing demand, even during the pandemic, the retailer has said it will invest £1.3bn within the UK over the next two years, including adding capacity to its store and distribution network.
Aldi has made a serious commitment in the South East, opening 75 stores, including the one in Sandhurst.
“It’s been a wonderful morning here at the opening of Aldi Sandhurst," Store Manager Rob Tandy said. "It was lovely to welcome our new customers into store and I look forward to meeting more of the community in the coming weeks. I’d also like to thank our customers for following the social distancing guidelines we have in place to ensure the safety of both our customers and colleagues.”