Aldi has worked its way to become the United Kingdom’s fifth largest supermarket with 880 stores now open. This number of stores is set to increase as Aldi has announced it wishes to operate a network of 1,200 stores by 2025 – and identified 12 new locations where it is looking for town-centre or edge-of-centre sites that might be suitable for development. Each site should be around 1.5 acres and able to accommodate a 20,000 square feet store with around a hundred parking spaces, ideally on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access.
Despite already having a store on Clifton Drive North, Lytham is clearly named as one of these twelve new locations in the business plan.
Ciaran Aldridge, national property director at Aldi UK, announced, ‘Aldi is growing rapidly and we are welcoming around a million new customers into our stores every year. We are willing to explore all opportunities, including developer-led schemes or existing retail units.’