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Aldi 'set to double UK stores'

The Local · 1 Oct 2012, 16:43

Published: 01 Oct 2012 16:43 GMT+02:00

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Aldi opened 29 new shops across the UK last year – and plans to have a further 40 open by the end of next year. After that, the company hopes to open a between 35 and 40 each year, the British Financial Times newspaper reported on Monday.

The coming two years of expansion which will cost the company around £181 million, is expected to create around 4,500 jobs and bring the total number of UK Aldi stores to more than 500.

And over the next 10 years, this number should double providing the supermarket remains the UK's fastest-growing. Last year sales rose by nearly 30 percent and more customers made the chain their choice for a weekly shop instead of just popping in for odds and ends, the paper said.

Roman Heini, UK joint managing director, told the paper that new stores accounted for four percent of growth last year and that stores were attracting a more affluent customer-base with more premium products.

“We’ve seen a shift in the socio-demographics,” said Heini, who added that he thought people were moving away from other supermarkets to come to Aldi.

“We still have many white spots on the map, so we still see more opportunities,” said Heini.

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12:57 October 2, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Isn't this the second advertisement TL has run for Aldi in the last week. Must be some good advertisement revenue coming into TL for this. However, I don't think this really qualifies as news for Germany.
22:51 October 2, 2012 by Karl_Berlin
Indeed, Berlin fuer alles. Here's the other story: http://www.thelocal.de/money/20120929-45263.html

I called it for what it was at the time. A nothing story, just a cheap advertisement. Or to put it another way: How the hell is this or the other story (only a couple of days apart) news relevant to The Local's target audience?
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