Aldi is planning to open a new store in Wakefield

Aldi have unveiled a full list of UK cities that they are earmarking for a new store in the coming years.

Thursday, 2nd July 2020, 3:53 pm

The move comes after rival supermarket chain Lidl published their own wish list of British sites.

An official statement on Aldi reads: "Our sustained growth means we are continually expanding our property portfolio to help achieve our ever-growing goals for 2022.

"We have ambitious acquisition and development plans beyond that and are looking to acquire sites that meet the following property criteria for our standard store format."

Aldi is planning to open a new store in Wakefield
Aldi is planning to open a new store in Wakefield

Open a new supermarket every week

Last year the supermarket had said that they were aiming to open a new supermarket every week for two years as demand for the German supermarket rocketed.

Aldi CEO for UK and Ireland Giles Hurley said: "The reality is that almost 50% of the population of the UK doesn't currently shop with us and they tell us the main reason for that is that they don't have a store near us."

He added: "Over the next two years we're going to invest a further billion pounds in the UK and that shows our intent."

In its latest statement, the supermarket revealed that it was actively looking for suitable sites - including one in Horbury.

It said: "We prefer to purchase freehold, town centre or edge of centre sites suitable for property development in towns with a population of 15,000 or more.

"We are willing to explore all opportunities including developer led schemes and existing or new retail units.

"Our yield profile is increasingly adding value to developments."