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Aldi submit plans for £75m distribution warehouse in Bedford

By Kasmira Jefford - Monday, October 09, 2017 16:48

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Aldi has submitted plans to build a 950,000 sq ft distribution centre in Bedford to serve its expanding footprint of stores in the south east.

The German supermarket plans to invest over £75m to develop the warehouse, its twelth in the UK, in the Wixams area of the town.

Once fully operational, the hub will support more than 400 jobs and serve Aldi’s stores across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

Matthew Barnes, CEO – Aldi UK and IRE, said: “More than half of all UK households now regularly shop with us and many more prospective customers tell us they would switch supermarkets if there was an Aldi nearby. This gives us the confidence to continue investing in our operations and infrastructure.”

Aldi is working with developer Gallagher Estaters on the plans, which are being considered by Bedford Borough Council.

The company invested over £450m last year in opening new stores and improving its distribution centres in the UK and Ireland, bringing total investment over the past five years to £2bn.

Other centres in Sheppey (Kent) and Sawley (Derbyshire) are also under development.

Matthew Barnes added: “Our plans are more significant when viewed against the changes taking place in the UK grocery market. At a time when many of our competitors are scaling back, we continue to scale up our operations across the country.”

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