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The National (Scotland)
The National (Scotland)
Rebecca Newlands

Aldi to extend two Scottish stores as part of major investment plan

ALDI has revealed plans to extend two of its stores near Glasgow as part of a £56 million investment plan. 

The supermarket giant will work on its stores in Erskine and Alexandria over the next two years in ambitious plans to grow their retail presence in the UK.

It comes after Aldi welcomed an additional five million shoppers to its stores in 2023.

To accommodate their growing customer base, there are also plans to open three new Aldi stores in Broughty Ferry, Straiton and Castle Douglas in 2024. 

Having been crowned Employer of the Year at the Scotland Food and Drinks Excellence Awards 2023, the investment will see Aldi increase its employees in Scotland by over 10% next year. 

The supermarket also recently committed to giving staff a New Year pay rise, making it the first supermarket in the UK to offer rates in line with the Real Living Wage.

Store and warehouse colleagues will be guaranteed pay of at least £12 an hour.  

Richard Holloway, regional managing director for Aldi Scotland, said: “2023 was another excellent year for Aldi Scotland, and I am extremely proud that our presence within the Scottish market has continued to be recognised and celebrated.

"We remain committed to the strong relationships we have built with our Scottish suppliers, allowing our customers the opportunity to purchase locally sourced, high-quality Scottish products at affordable prices.  

“As we look to the new year, we remain committed to reaching more customers than ever before, with the opening of more stores and increased investment in Scotland.

"Next year will be extra special for us as we mark 30 years since we opened our first store in Scotland on Glencairn Street in Kilmarnock. 

“Whether it's enhancing our product offerings, maintaining the lowest prices, supporting our dedicated teams, or contributing to the communities we serve – every investment is a testament to our unwavering commitment to Scotland."

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