Discount supermarket Aldi has announced that it will be creating 4,000 new jobs in the UK to support its expansion plans.
The firm currently has more than 700 stores in Britain, including a number in Derbyshire, which have opened in the last few years. The company is also creating a massive distribution site at Sawley, which will eventually employ up to 1,000 people.
Now the business, which last year attracted nearly a million new customers, is eyeing even more stores.
It has not yet said where these new outlets will be. However, if its recent growth continues, it will remain on course to achieve its goal of 1,000 UK stores by 2022.
It is understood that the 4,000 new jobs Aldi is planning to create include store assistants and deputy managers.
Matthew Barnes, the firm’s UK and Ireland chief executive, said: “The success of Aldi in the UK is due to the hard work and commitment of our employees, and they are crucial to our future expansion plans.”
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In recent years, Aldi has opened a number of new stores in Derbyshire, as well as expanded and upgraded existing outlets.
This includes new stores in Alvaston, Hilton, Belper and Ashbourne.
And more outlets could be on the way. It is understood that Aldi will take space at the yet to be created College Retail Park, on a site between Normanton Road and Burton Road, by the middle of next year.
The business has also submitted an application to build a supermarket in Chellaston.
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Earlier this year, Aldi had plans for a store at the junction of Uttoxeter New Road and Talbot Street turned down by Derby City Council over road safety concerns – but has vowed to come back with a new proposal.
Aldi was founded more than a century ago when Anna Albrecht opened a small store in Essen, Germany. Her sons, Karl and Theo, took over in 1948 and quickly expanded. In 1962, the name became Aldi, shortened from Albrecht Discount.
Source: Derby Telegraph