The UK’s cheapest supermarket hit record breaking sales last year due to the challenging demands of the pandemic and has just announced a billion pound expansion plan in light of its success.
German grocery chain, Aldi, said it will invest £1.3 billion over the next two years – and will create 2,000 new jobs, open 100 additional stores and welcome its first checkout-free supermarket in Greenwich.
It comes after sales in the UK and Ireland surged by 10.2 per cent to £13.5 billion in the 2020 financial year. While more than 60 per cent of households shopped at Aldi at some point last year.
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Aldi currently has more than 920 stores and and has a bigger market share than Co-op and Waitrose.
Giles Hurley, Aldi CEO of the UK and Ireland added: “Whilst 2020 was an extremely challenging year, our 41,000 colleagues stepped up when it mattered most – their dedication to the communities they serve has been nothing short of remarkable.
“Despite some of the most difficult conditions our sector has ever seen, our people underlined the strength, success and spirit of our business.”
In light of the record breaking sales, Aldi invested £600m into stores and distribution centres across the country and expanded its click and collect delivery service to over 200 stores.
Aldi recently announced that it will follow in Amazon’s footsteps by opening its first checkout-free store in a secret location in London, with it since being revealed that the proposed store will be in Greenwich.
An anonymous Aldi worker told The Mirror last week that the store’s technology for its new checkout-free scheme will cost £1.8 million – but Aldi said the new store of its kind will still need just as many staff working.
Just like Amazon Go that already has six stores across the capital, Aldi shoppers will scan a smartphone app to enter and can then pick up whatever they like as they walk around. Shoppers will then be able to leave the store, as the technology will track any times and charge it directly to their card.
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