Aldi, the UK’s lowest-priced supermarket, is planning to build a new distribution centre in Bedford to serve its growing customer base across the South East of England.
The supermarket, which earlier this week announced record sales of £8.7bn*, plans to invest significantly over £75 million to develop its twelfth operational UK distribution centre in the Wixams area of the town.
Once fully operational, the 88,000m2 facility will support more than 400 jobs and serve Aldi’s growing network of stores across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
During the last 12 months, more than one million new shoppers have switched to Aldi from other grocers and many of the supermarket’s best performing stores** are now located in the South East. These include Cambridge, Bishop’s Stortford and Guildford.
Matthew Barnes, CEO – Aldi UK and IRE, said: “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. This gives us the confidence to continue investing in our operations and infrastructure.”
Aldi has submitted a planning application following discussions with Bedford Borough Council and developers Gallagher Estates.
Last year, the business invested over £450m of capital expenditure in opening new stores and improving its distribution centres in the UK and Ireland, bringing total investment over the past five years to £2bn. New distribution centres in Sheppey (Kent) and Sawley (Derbyshire) are also in the pipeline.
Matthew Barnes added: “Our plans are more significant when viewed against the changes taking place in the UK grocery market. At a time when many of our competitors are retrenching, we continue to scale up our operations across the country.”