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A CGi of the Aldi distribution centre extension

Aldi’s £25m Bathgate expansion gets the nod

The discount supermarket chain has secured planning permission for a £25m expansion to its regional distribution centre in Bathgate.

The approved plans include a new 196,000 sq ft storage and chill facility to service growing store numbers and accommodate additional product ranges as part of plans to futureproof the business in Scotland.

Work will start on the J4/M8 site later this year and is due for completion in 2020. The new facility will create more than 200 new jobs in addition to the existing team of 470 working at ALDI’s current distribution centre in Bathgate.

Richard Holloway, regional managing director for Scotland, said: “We’re investing heavily in Scotland to enable the business to achieve continued growth.

“With particular focus on opening new stores and increasing the number of local producers we work with, we’re confident of expanding our customer base north of the border.

“These new facilities in Bathgate represent a steadfast commitment to Scotland and will enable ALDI to deliver significant economic benefit for the local area through investment and increased employment.”

The plans were approved by West Lothian Council on 22 March 2018.

Aldi currently has 78 stores in Scotland with an additional seven due to open during 2018. By the end of 2019, Aldi will increase its range of everyday Scottish products to more than 400.