Dumbarton targeted by Aldi as ambitious plans are revealed

By Lorraine Weir

Dumbarton is one of the top spots being eyed up by Aldi as it aims to open 100 new stores in the next two years.

The budget supermarket giant announced this morning that it plans to invest £1.3billion by 2023 as it continues to push ahead with plans to open an average of one new store a week.

The company is searching for freehold town centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for property development with Dumbarton being one of the locations identified.

The supermarket says it is on the lookout for sites that are big enough to accommodate a 20,000 sq ft store and around 100 dedicated parking spaces, preferably on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access.

Additionally, Aldi will also be investing in the development of new and expanded distribution centres.

Richard Thornton, Communications Director at Aldi UK, said: “We’re continuing to gain even more customers - with over 60 percent of UK households shopping with Aldi in the last year.

“Our focus is on expanding our store estate, making sure Aldi is accessible to as many of these new shoppers across the country as possible. Looking ahead, we are excited to provide millions of new customers with access to Aldi’s award-winning quality and unbeatable value as we create even more places and more ways to shop with us.”

The company is also looking at areas including Gourock, Largs, Clarkston and Dunblane.

Previously, they had indicated they were interested in opening a store in Helensburgh but the Argyll and Bute town has been left off this morning's list.

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