German discounter Aldi has on Thursday opened its 1000th UK store in Woking, Surrey.
Britain’s fourth biggest grocer has also committed to a new long-term target of 1,500 stores in the UK. It will open another 20 new stores before the end of the year, as part of its £1.3 billion two-year investment plan.
“Opening our 1,000th store is a huge milestone and wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our 40,000 incredible colleagues,” Giles Hurley, Aldi UK and Ireland chief executive, said.
“Our popularity is growing, and there is huge demand for people to have an Aldi store near to them to increase shoppers’ access to our unbeatable prices.
“The next phase of our expansion will involve another 500 new stores over the coming years. It is a long-term target and is not a ceiling to our ambition to have an Aldi store close to everyone in the UK.”
Aldi opened its first UK store in Stechford, Birmingham, in 1990.