Aldi to open 130 new stores

​Discount supermarket ​chain ​Aldi has unveiled a £600​m expansion which includes hiring 8,000 more staff and opening hundreds of new stores.

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The ​firm is aiming to increase its UK workforce to 35,000, as well as open 130 new stores in the two-year planned investment, which it says will lay the foundation for 25 years of growth.

Aldi has boomed in recent years, and in April it overtook Waitrose as the UK’s sixth-biggest supermarket, with​ a 5.3​ per cent​ market share.

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Alongside a raft of other expansion announcements on its 25th anniversary, Aldi also launched its campaign as an official Team GB partner with a year to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

As part of the partnership, the supermarket has recruited six Team GB athletes including Nicola Adams, who became the world’s first female boxing Olympic champion in 2012.

Tony Baines, joint managing director of corporate buying, said the partnership with Team GB celebrates the supermarket’s success at forging British relationships.

“Since we opened our doors in the UK in April 1990, we’ve worked hard to establish British roots, sourcing locally where possible and building long-term relationships with British suppliers,” he said.

“The partnership with Team GB celebrates this and epitomises the spirit of teamwork that is at the heart of how we give customers what they want and respect what matters most to them.”