Aldi reveals two more places in Kent where it wants to open new stores

Aldi already operates a number of stores throughout Kent, bus has plans to expand further
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Aldi has unveiled two more Kent towns where it hopes to open new stores. Earlier this year, the German supermarket chain called on the public to help identify locations across the nation that would benefit from a new Aldi.

This came as part of the retailer's rapid expansion drive and, after 4,000 requests were received, the supermarket giant has now narrowed down its 'wish list' of destinations. It was confirmed earlier this week that Chatham in Medway was one such destination.

Aldi does already operate a supermarket within the Chatham postcode at Horsted Retail Park, just off of Maidstone Road. But this is a considerable journey away from the main town centre and High Street.

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There are three other Aldi branches in Medway; one on the Gillingham Retail Park, another in Duncan Road, Gillingham, and the final one in Strood town centre. Beyond Chatham, however, Aldi has now flagged New Romney and Tunbridge Wells as “priority areas” for expansion.

New Romney does not have an Aldi at present, and the area's nearest store is in Hythe. Meanwhile, there is one branch in Tunbridge Wells already, this being located at the Great Lodge Retail Park which, as in Chatham, is a fair distance from the town centre.

The Aldi branch in Horsted Retail Park, Chatham
The Aldi branch in Horsted Retail Park, Chatham -Credit:Google Maps

While Aldi is keen to set up shop in these Kent locations, they have only been included on the company's "wish list". This means there is no guarantee new stores will open in the areas listed - at this stage.

However, Aldi is on the hunt for sites that can fit a 20,000 sq ft store with about 100 parking spaces, preferably situated near main roads with good visibility and access. Additionally, the supermarket chain is searching for smaller sites within the M25 to develop its Aldi Local format stores, which require around 5,000 sq ft.

Anyone who thinks they know of a suitable location can reach out to the company by sending an email to: Jonathan Neale, managing director of national real estate at Aldi UK, said: “We want to make high-quality food accessible to all, but we can’t do that while there are still some towns and areas that either don’t have an Aldi or have capacity for additional stores.

“We recognise there is huge demand in certain regions for more stores, which is why we decided to get the public’s input on our latest list of priority locations. They have helped us identify where demand is greatest and we will continue to work to bring Aldi to as many people as possible.”

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