// Aldi is planning to create another 2000 jobs in the UK next year
// Other investments will see it add 100 more UK shops to the estate and trial a new checkout free store in Greenwich
Aldi is planning a £1.3 billion investment after sales surged to record levels in the 2020 financial year in a bid boost its share of the UK grocery market.
The budget supermarket plans to create 2,000 new jobs, open 100 additional stores and expand its logistics infrastructure to include a 1.3m square foot site in Leicestershire over the next two years.
It plans to launch the new roles, adding to 7000 permanent jobs it said it has already created over the last two years.
It comes after Aldi announced a 10.2 per cent growth in sales for the most recent financial year with revenue topping £13.5 billion as 60 per cent of all British households shopped at the store.
Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Officer for Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “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,” Hurley added.
As well as delivering record growth Aldi invested £600 million in stores and distribution centres across the UK and expanded its click and collect service to over 200 stores.
Additional expenditure during the pandemic year caused the store’s pre-tax profit to dip by 2.5 per cent despite record revenue, standing at £264.8 million.
Despite the challenges Aldi repaid £100 million in business rate relief to the government and increased its market share to 8.1 per cent.
As part of the billion pound expansion plans Aldi will also be opening a checkout-free store in Greenwich, London