The UK’s fifth largest and fastest growing supermarket, Aldi, will open six new stores in the North West this year, creating more than 180 new roles.
The new developments include the recently opened store in Westhoughton and stores that are currently under construction such as those in Barrow and Ulverston.
The new stores will be in Aldi’s new store layout, which ensures more space for fresh, chilled and food-to-go ranges as well as simpler layouts and brighter, wider aisles. They will stock all grocery essentials and the ‘Specially Selected’ range, as well as products from British suppliers, which means all their everyday fresh meat range is 100% British.
The supermarket is also refurbishing twelve stores across the region including recently opened Bidston Moss and Rice Lane stores. This is part of Aldi’s £300m investment to convert its existing stores into its more customer-focused layout, and each upgrade will create additional jobs in the community.
Aldi recently achieved a record market share of 8% and attracted more shoppers than Morrisons in the first quarter of the year**. The supermarket currently operates more than 825 stores, including more than 155 stores in the North West, and plans to extend its offer to even more households as it works towards 1,200 UK stores by 2025.
Ruth Doyle, Regional Managing Director for Bolton at Aldi UK said: “We’ve set out ambitious plans for this year and we’re investing heavily across the North West to ensure even more people in the region can shop and save closer to home.
“We have a fantastic team across the area and this means we can grow and offer even more employment opportunities for local people.
“We’re excited to see how the stores develop over the next few months and I would encourage local people to keep an eye out for recruitment opportunities.”
Aldi, crowned Grocer of the Year 2018 at the prestigious Grocer Gold Awards, offers one of the best working environments in the UK and one of the highest rates of pay in the supermarket sector, with the majority of Aldi colleagues now receiving a minimum rate of £9.10 per hour, regardless of their age, as of 1st February 2019. All colleagues will benefit from rising salaries during their service, with Store Assistant salaries rising to £10.41 in year four.