Meat logistics included in Aldi’s £60m Cardiff hub
Aldi’s £60m Cardiff logistics hub will handle distribution of meat and other products to all its stores in Wales and the south west of England, according to the discount retailer.
The £60m Cardiff facility becomes operational this month and is Aldi’s ninth UK distribution centre, creating 400 jobs and measuring 46,000m2, the size of 11 football pitches or 36 Olympic swimming pools.
In total, Aldi is investing £450m this year to increase UK capacity, plus a further £150m to enlarge existing distribution centres in Darlington and Bathgate, boosting capacity in the north of England and Scotland.
“We remain committed to meeting the strong demand across the country for new stores and will continue to invest in our operations so that we can introduce millions of new customers to Aldi’s great products and low prices,” said Matthew Barnes, chief executive officer, Aldi UK and Ireland.
The company has also announced the opening of its 700th store in Whitstable, Kent, as part of its plan to reach 1,000 UK stores by 2022 and open a store in every major British town and city.
The outlet is one of more than 100 sites that Aldi now has in the south east, including more than 30 inside the M25, as it continues to attract new customers across the region. It is one of 70 opening this year.
During the last quarter, Aldi attracted 826,000 more shoppers compared to the same period last year and recently overtook The Co-operative to become the UK’s fifth-largest supermarket (Kantar 12 w/e 29/01/17).
“During the last five years we have invested £1.7bn in new stores and distribution centres to bring Aldi to the 14m customers who now regularly shop with us,” said Barnes. “But there are many more potential customers who don’t shop at Aldi because there isn’t a store near where they live. We want to change this by having a store in every major town and city across Britain.”
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