Aldi creating 35000 new UK jobs

Aldi is to create 35,000 new jobs in Britain as it almost doubles the total number of stores over the next eight years.

Aldi creating 35000 new UK jobsThe German discount supermarket aims to have 1,000 stores by 2022 and will open 54 this year and 60 to 65 next year.

Aldi confirmed plans, first announced in September- to invest £600 million as it expanded operations in Britain.

Earlier this year the retailer said it aimed to reach the 1,000 stores milestone by 2021.

Aldi said the new jobs will include a range of management roles, both in-store and within Aldi’s offices, as well as shop floor and distribution centre positions.

Along with its fellow German counterpart Lidl, the chain has been putting the “big four” supermarket chains under pressure with lower prices that have proved popular with consumers.

Aldi has a 4.8% share of the UK grocery market, according to Kantar Worldpanel – higher than Lidl’s 3.5% and closing in on Waitrose’s 5.1% share.

By comparison, Tesco has a 28.8% share and Asda is second with 17.4% for the 12 weeks to September.

Roman Heini, group managing director of Aldi UK, said the company was also buying more locally produced products and expanding its fresh food range. “This approach is helping us to grow our market share and driving our investment in the UK,” he said.

Its UK pre-tax profits rose 65% to £260.9m for the 12 months to 31 December, 2013 on a 35% increase in turnover to £5.27bn.

Aldi has more than 7,000 stores across three continents.

November 8, 2014  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Building Businesses, Business Growth, Business Jobs, Business Sales, Business Win, Global Business, Growing Business, Uncategorized

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