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Aldi plans six supermarkets & £25m chill facility in Scotland this year

Discount supermarket chain, Aldi is planning to open six supermarkets and a new chill facility in Scotland this year, which will create around 200 new jobs.

There are two new supermarkets earmarked for Glasgow, and one site each for Edinburgh, Livingston, Haddington, and finally Stewarton - the first Aldi for the area.

The company's new £25m storage and chill facility in Bathgate is also expected to be fully operational by the end of April.

Richard Holloway, Aldi's regional managing director for Scotland, said, 'This is an exciting time for Aldi as we look ahead to 2020 and plan for the next 25 years in Scotland.

'Our new state-of-the-art storage and chill facility will be fully operational by the end of April, which will aid our expansion across Scotland while allowing us to increase the range of Scottish products available on our shelves.'

Holloway said, 'For several years Aldi has led the way with local sourcing, and we see Scotland as a key area of growth for the business.

'We're proud to have reached our ambition to stock over 450 Scottish products significantly ahead of our target of the end of 2020, and we will continue to work in partnership with our local suppliers to increase this to over 500 locally-sourced products in the next two years.'

Aldi, which launched its first store in Scotland 25 years ago, will have 2,800 staff in the country by the end of this year.