Aldi opens multi-million pound Scottish freezer and chill facility
Aldi has officially opened a new £22 million freezer and chill facility in Scotland’s Bathgate.
The warehouse will provide an extra 17,000 square metres of space for the retailer and help it to achieve its target of increasing the number of Scottish products available in its stores to 500 over the next two years.
Aldi’s 92 stores stores in Scotland currently stock more than 450 products from its network of over 90 Scottish suppliers. This year, Aldi will open a further four new Scottish stores to take the total number of staff employed in Scotland to over 3,000 by the end of 2020.
Graham Nicolson, group buying director for Aldi Scotland, said: “When the decision was made to create a dedicated Scottish Buying team eleven years ago it was made with the clear strategy that buying Scottish products would not cost our customers any more than buying the equivalent non-Scottish product. This has never been compromised, and 30% of our range is now locally sourced in Scotland, the largest share of any supermarket. We are committed to expanding further in Scotland and will be investing an additional £36 million in nine new stores before the end of 2021.”
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