Aldi set to open 100 new stores across UK, with possible locations in Sudbury, Felixstowe, Ipswich and Saxmundham
Discount supermarket Aldi is set to open 100 new UK stores, with four Suffolk towns in the running for suitable locations.
And Aldi has now revealed it is looking to open 100 new stores nationwide and create 2,000 jobs.
It says each site will aim to be around 1.5 acres, allowing for a 20,000 sq ft store with around 100 parking spaces. The sites will be in town centre or edge-of-town-centre areas.
Aldi already has outlets in Sudbury and Ipswich, but has indicated that local demand is enough to facilitate a second location.
The new stores are set to create 2,000 new jobs next year, in addition to 7,000 created in the last two years, as part of a £1.3 billion investment drive.
The chain made the investment announcement, which will run for two years, as bosses revealed sales soared 10.2% in the UK and Ireland in 2020 to £12.3 billion.
Bosses added the number of customers during the period increased from 17.6 million to 17.8 million, although pre-tax profits fell 2.5% to £264.8 million.
Giles Hurley, chief executive for Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “As well as delivering record sales, we continued to invest for growth, deploying over £600 million in stores and distribution centres across the UK.
“This helped to create thousands of much-needed jobs and support for British farmers and manufacturers.
“Whilst the cost of responding to the pandemic dampened profits, our decision to return business rate relief was the right thing to do.”
Ciaran Aldridge, national property director at Aldi UK, said: “We have been investing in Britain for more than 30 years now.
“We know that there are still areas that either do not have an Aldi at all, or that need another store to meet customer demand.
“Shoppers are increasingly looking to get unbeatable prices on their weekly shop without compromising on quality.
“That’s why, more so than ever, we’re keen to explore all opportunities to open new stores across the country.”