Aldi to open 100 new stores and create 4,000 more jobs over next 12 months

Aldi to open 100 new stores and create 4,000 more jobs over next 12 months
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German discounter Aldi is set to open 100 new stores, creating 4,000 jobs over the next 12 months.

The chain said it’s part of a £1.3billion two-year pledge that will also see its click & collect trial expanded across the UK.

The move will bring 100 more outlets to Britain’s streets, with a further 100 to be refurbished alongside a new revamp.

It comes as ministers remain in talks over a potential second-wave lockdown that could close the high street for at least a fortnight.

Giles Hurley, chief executive officer for Aldi UK and Ireland, said sales have rocketed 8.3% since January as he thanked staff for their “heroic” work during the pandemic.

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The chain is currently trialling out a new click & collect initiative

“We’ve seen before that our customers need us most in times of financial hardship, which is why our commitment to remain Britain’s lowest-priced supermarket is more important than ever.

“The response to the challenge presented by the Covid-19 pandemic was both heroic and historic.

“As ever, our 36,000 colleagues and thousands of suppliers rose to the challenge of feeding the nation with tremendous skill and courage, whilst the British public displayed remarkable patience and compassion.

“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.”

Last week, Hurley warned customers to “shop considerably”, after two supermarkets were forced to reintroduce rationing limits.

One report suggested a 23% spike in toilet roll sales after the government fuelled fears of a new lockdown alongside a 10pm curfew.

Tesco CEO Dave Lewis says panic-buying “creates a tension in the supply chain” that can be easily avoided

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“There is no need to buy more than you usually would,” Hurley wrote in an email to customers.

“I would like to reassure you that our stores remain fully stocked and ask that you continue to shop considerately.

“We have remained open for our customers throughout the pandemic and will continue to have daily deliveries, often multiple times a day, across all of our products.”

On Friday, Tesco introduced a three-per-customer limit on a number of products as England’s new circuit break restrictions came into force.

The grocer said new stockpiling restrictions now apply on flour, dried pasta, toilet roll, baby wipes, anti-bacterial wipes.

There are additional limits online on items such as rice and tinned vegetables.

Morrisons also has similar restrictions in place on cleaning products and toilet roll.

In March, shelves were left stripped of tinned goods, toilet roll and dried pasta after the UK went in to lockdown.

With the industry eager to avoid a repeat this autumn, the British Retail Consortium has urged shoppers not to change their buying habits.

Andrew Opie from the British Retail Consortium told Mirror Money: “Supermarkets have put in place a range of safety measures to protect staff and customers.

“In the event of future lockdowns we urge consumers to be considerate and shop for food as they would usually during this difficult time.”

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