Aldi set to strengthen its Scottish presence with £35m investment in 2023

Richard Holloway (Aldi Scotland)

ALDI’S commitment to reaching more Scottish customers than ever before shows no signs of slowing down in 2023, with an investment of £35 million, including a £10 million spend to open two new stores in Cumbernauld and Coatbridge to further expand its Scottish portfolio.

In addition to the new stores, the supermarket has also committed an additional £5 million in funding to upgrade its existing stores under its ‘Project Fresh’ initiative. The new layout offers increased space for the retailer’s Scottish range, including fresh meat and fish, bread and cakes and award-winning beers and spirits, as well as an improved Food to Go section. The format has been created to make shopping easier for customers with increased space and clearer signage.  

Aldi’s investment will go further still, with £20 million dedicated to preparing for the roll out of the Deposit Return Scheme. The Scottish Government scheme will launch in August 2023 and ensure that billions of single-use plastic bottles and cans are disposed of responsibly.

Aldi Scotland has soared in popularity in recent years thanks to its extensive selection of high quality, local Scottish products and its dedication to value.  Aldi continues to support Scottish food and drink producers, with 25% of its range now locally sourced in Scotland. The supermarket’s commitment to local products was recognised when it was named the 2022 Scottish Sourcing Business of the Year at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards. 

Aldi’s commitment to Scotland through its products, prices and people has led to the discounter being recently cited as the third biggest retailer by volume in Scotland*.

Richard Holloway, Regional Managing Director, Aldi Scotland, said: “2022 was an incredible year for Aldi Scotland, as we opened our 104th Scottish store and saw even more customers shop with us. As we look to the New Year, our growth plan continues to be realised, with more stores and further investment in Scotland to reach more customers than ever before.

“Aldi has a unique business model based on efficiency which allows us to provide top-quality products for a fraction of the price. We understand the difficulties our customers are facing, and are delighted we can expand our offering in Scotland so more people can benefit from our award-winning quality products, at unbeatable Aldi prices.

“Our success is driven by the customers who put their trust in Aldi every time they shop with us, and our teams of people are tirelessly committed to bringing the best service, products and prices to shoppers in Scotland.’’ 

The supermarket will also continue to support its local community initiatives with the return of its successful Scottish Sports Fund which has, to date, donated over £340,000 to local sports clubs. Supermarket Sweep will also return for its eighth year, giving customers a chance to dash through the aisles of the store in a nostalgic take on the 90s show, all while supporting local foodbanks.

In addition to donating surplus unsold food from its stores to foodbanks, community groups and charities year-round through its partnership with Neighbourly, Aldi has launched an Emergency Winter Foodbank Fund worth £250,000, to provide further assistance to organisations who may experience heightened demand on their services at this time of year.

Customers should also look out for signage in store which highlights to customers the 10 most in-demand items for foodbanks. Shoppers who wish to donate should look out for a logo on shelves by the products, which can then be dropped into the Community Donation Points located near the checkouts.

*Kantar data has shown Aldi Scotland to be the 3rd largest retailer by volume (in 4,12,24 week data from 30th October data)

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