Aldi plans to open 60 new London stores and create 2,400 new jobs

Aldi supermarket   (PA Wire)
Aldi supermarket (PA Wire)

Aldi has revealed plans to “almost double” its 60 stores in London and create 2,400 jobs.

The German-owned supermarket has 990 branches across the UK and employs 40,000 people – and last year leapfrogged Morrisons to become the fourth-largest chain.

However, it is underrepresented in the capital in comparison to other supermarkets due to a shortage of suitable sites.

The retailer is looking for locations big enough for its standard 20,000 sq ft stores, with around 100 dedicated parking spaces also needed.

For those recommending a previously unknown location, Aldi UK is offering a finder’s fee of either 1.5 per cent of a freehold price or 10 per cent of the first year’s rent for leasehold sites.

Ben Shotter, regional managing director at Aldi, said: “We strongly believe that access to affordable, high-quality food is a right, not a privilege.

“But we’re conscious that there are still many areas, particularly in the capital and within the M25, that don’t have access to an Aldi.

"As a result, too many people have to make do with big prices at the big supermarkets. We want to give more people a new Aldi store with our award-winning products at unbeatable prices. We are looking for locations across the UK, but particularly in London.”

It comes after Ali announced plans to create 6,000 new jobs across the UK.

Buoyed by gaining 1.3 million new customers in the past three months and double-digit sales growth over Christmas, the supermarket is now going on a massive recruitment drive. The discount retailer will be opening new branches in towns and cities such as Norwich and Newcastle.

The doors are set to open on stores in Huddersfield and Shrewsbury within the next month.

Store assistants at Aldi receive starting pay of £11 an hour nationally, rising to £11.90, and £12.45 rising to £12.75, within the M25. Warehouse staff receive a minimum starting salary of £13.18 per hour.

Bosses have focused on grabbing more market share for 10 years and invested more than £700million in expansion last year.