Aldi still looking to open new store in Flintshire
Aldi has revealed where it’s still looking to open new stores, including one in Flintshire after official data shows it has become Britain’s fourth largest supermarket.
In its annual trading update, Aldi said it had attracted record numbers of new shoppers in the past six months as pandemic restrictions were lifted.
The latest data from Kantar shows Aldi attracted 1.5 million extra customers to its stores over the past 12 weeks and sales grew at 18.7%, overtaking Morrisons with a market share of 9.3%.
The supermarket, which has over 970 stores, said it planned to open 16 more stores before the end of the year and is set to create over 6,000 new jobs across the country this year as it continues to expand.
According to Aldi’s latest location list, Holywell remains a key target for the German budget supermarket chain.
Flint was on the list but has dropped off after recently investing in an upgrade at the existing Chester Road location.
Aldi said it is searching for freehold town-centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for property development.
“The site should be able to accommodate a 20,000 sq foot store with around 100 parking spaces.”
“Ideally the location will be near a main road with good visibility and access.” Aldi has said.
As well as Flint, Aldi has stores in Mold, Broughton and Buckley, a huge new store opened recently just over the Flintshire border in Llay.
The supermarket chain had once said it was looking at a new store in Connah’s Quay, with many believing the former Somerfield site was in contention.
However rival Lidl acquired the site in 2021 and is awaiting planning permission to build a new store, relocating from its existing site in Queensferry.
Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Officer for Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “The cost-of-living crisis is worsening, and it’s being felt by millions of households across the UK. It’s in times like these when our customers rely on us the most, which is why we’re focusing on continuing to deliver our longstanding price promise by offering the lowest possible prices in Britain, every single day.”
“Independent research shows our discount is as compelling as ever and that’s why more and more people are switching to Aldi.”
“We will do whatever it takes to maintain our discount to the traditional full price supermarkets and keep grocery prices as low as possible for the millions of customers that shop with Aldi.”
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