Aldi has unveiled plans to open a brand new distribution centre in Bedford which will create 400 new jobs.
The German discount grocer has submitted a planning application for an 88,000sq m warehouse that will serve its network across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
The distribution centre is part of the grocer’s pledge earlier this year to create nearly 4000 jobs in the UK in an expansion strategy that will see it open 1000 stores by 2020.
Aldi currently has 700 stores in the UK.
New distribution centres in Sheppey, Kent, and Sawley, Derbyshire, are also under development, with the Bedford warehouse its 12th in the UK.
The news also comes less than a month after Aldi posted a 17 per cent drop in annual operating profits for the third consecutive year despite a 13.5 per cent rise in sales, as investment costs started to bite.
“More than half of all UK households now regularly shop with us and many more prospective customers tell us they would switch supermarkets if there was an Aldi nearby,” Aldi UK boss Matthew Barnes said.
“This gives us the confidence to continue investing in our operations and infrastructure.”