Aldi to open 8 new Scottish supermarkets in 2019

Aldi is planning to open eight new supermarkets across Scotland next year, with the creation of 200 jobs.

The supermarket chain plans to open new stores in Kilmarnock, East Kilbride, Dalgety Bay, Dundee, Crieff, Milngavie, Cumbernauld and Leith and Edinburgh.

A new 196,000 sq ft storage and chill facility in Bathgate, due for completion in 2020, is under construction which will create a further 200 jobs.

A 'refresh' programme will also see around eight stores being refurbished.

As part of Aldi's expansion in Scotland, the supermarket aims to increase its range of Scottish products to 450 products in 2019.

Richard Holloway, regional managing director for Scotland, said, 'Next year will be extra special for us as we mark 25 years since we opened our first store in Scotland on Glencairn St in Kilmarnock.

'It is fitting that in 2019 we will be replacing the existing Kilmarnock store with a new, larger format to help satisfy increased customer demand.

'We currently have 85 stores across the country and those numbers are continuing to grow year on year thanks to the continued support of our loyal customers.'

Holloway finished, 'Aldi has led the way with local sourcing and we are proud of our strong relationships with local suppliers and of our reputation for having the best quality Scottish products on our shelves.'