// Aldi opens 900th store in the UK as part of record £1.3bn investment for the next two years
// The store is located in Sandhurst, Berkshire, in south-east England
// Aldi has a target of operating 1200 stores in the UK in five years’ time.
Aldi opened the doors to its its 900th UK store in Berkshire as pushes on with its investment and expansion scheme across the country.
The new store, located in the town of Sandhurst, forms part of Aldi’s pledge to invest £1.3 billion within the UK over the next two years.
The investment scheme includes adding capacity to its store and distribution network to keep pace with demand from consumers and the creation of 4000 jobs next year to support its continued store growth.
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The German discount grocer said it was currently opening an average of one store each week in the UK, including new sites in Hertford, St Ives and Cambridge already this year.
It has a target to operate 1200 UK stores by 2025.
The Aldi store in Sandhurst is the town’s first Aldi and represents one of more than 75 sites that Aldi now has in the South East.
“Until today, Sandhurst was one of many areas in the UK without an Aldi,” regional managing director John Richardson said.
“That means it was another place where people didn’t have easy access to the highest-quality groceries and the lowest prices, every day.
“Opening our 900th store means that, after years of careful investment in our UK store network, we’re another step forward in making Aldi available to as many shoppers as possible, which is more important than ever before as many household budgets become squeezed.
“Our 1000th store is now firmly in sight and we’re on track to meet our target of operating 1200 stores in the UK in five years’ time.”
Aldi Sandhurst store Manager Rob Tandy said: “It’s been a wonderful morning here… It was lovely to welcome our new customers into store and I look forward to meeting more of the community in the coming weeks.
“I’d also like to thank our customers for following the social distancing guidelines we have in place to ensure the safety of both our customers and colleagues.”
Aldi opened its first UK store in Stechford, Birmingham, in 1990.