Aldi announces plans to open 80 new stores in the UK this year and create 5,000 new jobs

Aldi to recruit store staff, stock assistants, and managers to support continued expansion and the ongoing performance of existing stores

German-owned discount retailer Aldi is expanding its stores this year, bringing the total number of UK supermarkets to 700 and its workforce to around 32,000.  The recruitment drive will be focussed on store staff, stock assistants, and managers.

According to Kantar Worldpanel, in the 12 months to January 31, Aldi enjoyed 5.6% market share in the UK, meaning its market share has doubled over the past three years.  This increased market share has in turn put pressure on the UK’s “big four” chains to cut prices. In the three months to January 31, sales at Aldi increased by 13.7 percent.

Aldi’s regional managing director, Ruth Doyle, said: ‘To support our continued expansion and the ongoing performance of our existing stores, it’s important that we attract the right candidates across all of our roles.

‘We’re looking for individuals with a real passion for retail who are seeking a long-term career with a growing and ambitious business.

‘Aldi provides all staff with extensive training and development opportunities to ensure they have the necessary skills to make a real success of their career.’

Although a full list will not be released detailing the locations of the stores throughout the UK, the retailer disclosed that it will open a new store in Eastbourne and one in Chipping Norton.

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