ALDI plans to create 4,000 new jobs and open 100 new stores as part of a £1.3billion investment package.
The discount supermarket said that it hopes to create thousands of jobs next year, on top of the 3,000 roles created in 2020.
Meanwhile, the new store openings will be complete by the end of 2022.
The multi-billion pound investment is to mark the 30th anniversary in the UK.
The German supermarket currently has more than 11,000 shops nationwide, which it hopes to expand to 12,000 by 2025.
Aldi will splash some of the cash on upgrading stores that are already open, as well as its distribution centres, and encouraging “innovation”.
How to cut the cost of your grocery shop
SAVING on your shop can make a big difference to your wallet. Here are some tips from comparison site Money.co.uk about how you can cut the cost of your shopping bills:
- Write yourself a list – Only buy items that you need. If it isn’t on your list, don’t put it in the trolley
- Create a budget – Work out a weekly budget for your food shopping
- Never shop hungry – you are far more likely to buy more food if your tummy is rumbling
- Don’t buy pre-chopped veggies or fruit – The extra they’ll charge for chopping can be eye watering
- Use social media – follow your favourite retailers to find out about the latest deals
- Be disloyal – You may want to go to different stores to find the best bargains
- Check the small print – It’s always worth checking the price per kg/lb/litre when comparing offers so you’re making a like for like decision as a bigger box won’t necessarily mean you get more
- Use your loyalty cards – Don’t be afraid to sign up to them all. They all work slightly differently – work out what bonus suits you better and remember to trade in your points for additional rewards
Earlier this month, Aldi launched a click and collect trial at a store in the Midlands. It now plans to roll this out to 15 more stores.
The discounter reported that sales increased by 8% to £12.28 billion in 2019, and saw pre-tax profits jump by 49% to £271.5 million for the year.
Sales have continued to grow throughout the pandemic and Aldi has promised to keep its prices the “lowest in the market”.
Rivals Tesco and Morrisons have recently dropped prices in a bid to entice shoppers away from budget retailers like Aldi and Lidl.
But both discounters have failed to cash in on the huge surge in demand for online orders and home deliveries since the start of the coronavirus lockdown.
Currently, only Specialbuys and booze is available for delivery from Aldi, while Lidl shoppers can’t order from its website at all.
In May, Aldi launched a home delivery service in partnership with Deliveroo but customers can only shop for the essentials.
Giles Hurley, chief executive for Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “The response to the challenge presented by the Covid-19 pandemic was both heroic and historic.
“If there is a positive to take from the situation, it’s that supermarkets, suppliers and shoppers can overcome the greatest of challenges when we work together.
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“With the UK’s economic outlook increasingly uncertain, families are more concerned about their grocery bills than ever.
Supermarkets have been breathing life into the otherwise dismal jobs market amid the coronavirus crisis.