Aldi announces new store for Portlethen Retail Park in 2021
Aldi has confirmed that it will open a further four stores in Scotland in 2021 which will see the supermarket’s total number of stores in Scotland hit triple figures, as well as confirming plans to introduce its Click & Collect service in Scotland for the first time.
The supermarket is set to invest £20 million in new stores over the next 12 months, which include Portlethen Retail Park.
Aldi also plans to create a further 600 jobs including 150 roles in its new stores, in a welcome boost to local communities.
A further seven stores will also be refurbished as part of the Project Fresh programme, creating more in-store space for fresh, chilled and food-to-go ranges as well as simpler layouts, improved fixtures and brighter aisles, a further four extensions to existing stores will also be completed.
The supermarket has also announced that after a successful trial in England, the first Aldi Click and Collect service will launch in Scotland in 2021.
This will be in addition to its Deliveroo partnership, which offers its on-demand delivery of Aldi products and is currently available at eight stores across Scotland.
Aldi continues to lead the way on championing great quality Scottish produce with twenty five percent of its range now locally sourced in Scotland.
Aldi is widely recognised as the biggest supporter of local suppliers, and has already put plans in place to expand its Scottish range further, announcing a new target to hit 500 locally sourced product lines in the next two years. In 2021 customers can look forward to seeing a new range of Scottish Specialbuys from eight Scottish suppliers as the winners of the ‘Aldi’s Next Top Product’ competition, which ran for the third time in 2020, take to the shelves.
Richard Holloway, Regional Managing Director for Scotland said: “During an unprecedented year our Aldi colleagues and thousands of suppliers rose to the challenge of feeding the nation with tremendous skill and courage.
“As we look forward to 2021, our commitment to investment and expansion in Scotland continues, and we are excited be to opening a further four Aldi stores next year, and of course reaching our significant 100th store milestone. While our focus very much remains in bricks and mortar shopping, the launch of our Click & Collect service in Scotland is perhaps one of our most significant initiatives yet, expanding our existing eCommerce business to bring our full range of groceries online for the first time.
“Our success has been driven by the customers who put their trust in Aldi every time they shop with us. This is what enables us to keep investing in Scotland- in our products, our prices, our people and in the communities we serve. We are excited through our continued store expansion to be able to serve even more customers, offering them quality Scottish produce at exceptional prices.”
Aldi will continue to support Scottish communities around the country in 2021 with a range of community relations activities. Aldi’s Scottish Sports Fund will enter its sixth year, providing funding boosts to community sports clubs across the country. Since it launched in 2016 over 458 clubs across Scotland have benefitted from more than £240,000 worth of donations.
Aldi has also announced that it is set to relaunch its popular Supermarket Sweep programme, which was paused due to the pandemic in 2020, which supports foodbanks across the country. Its partnership with Kiltwalk will also continue in 2021 for the third year running.