Aldi Opens New 600,000 Square-Foot Facility in the East Midlands, U.K.

Aldi Opens New 600,000 Square-Foot Facility in the East Midlands, U.K.

EAST MIDLANDS, U.K. - Aldi is going all in on growth this year, recently locking down multiple Lucky’s locations in the U.S. and setting its sights on another acquisition in France. Most recently though, the grocer opened its newest and largest distribution center (DC) in England. The facility was a roughly $83 million (£64m) investment and spans over 600,000 square feet. It is the United Kingdom’s eleventh Aldi DC and is expected to make the region’s supply chain more efficient than ever.

Giles Hurley, CEO of Aldi U.K. and IRL (The Times)“Our new Sawley distribution centre significantly increases our capacity and allows us to open even more stores across the East Midlands to cater for the growing number of shoppers switching to Aldi,” Giles Hurley, CEO of Aldi U.K. and IRL, said. “Although some of our newest and most popular stores are situated in the East Midlands, there are still many towns and cities where we have a limited presence or none at all. This is something that we are looking to address in the coming years.”

At 600,000 square feet, Aldi's newest distribution center in England is its largest yet and is the product of a $83 million (£64m) investment (East Midland Business)

According to East Midlands Business Link, the new DC is part of a $1.3 billion (£1 billion) investment strategy that Aldi announced. This plan includes new stores and store upgrades in addition to significant time spent refurbishing DC’s. The new facility will employ over 400 individuals and service more than 80 stores.

Will Aldi’s growth strategy continue ramping up in the U.K., or will it turn its attention Stateside? In any case, you can count on ANUK to give you the latest.