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Aldi plans to create 35,000 jobs

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The discount supermarket Aldi plans to create 35,000 new jobs in the United Kingdom as it almost doubles the total number of stores over the next eight years.

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Aldi aims to have 1,000 stores by 2022 and will open 54 this year and 60 to 65 next year. These details were announced during a visit by David Cameron to Aldi's UK headquarters in Warwickshire.

Aldi confirmed plans, first announced in September, to invest 600m pounds as it expanded operations in Britain. Earlier this year Aldi said it aimed to reach the 1,000 stores milestone by 2021.

Aldi said the new jobs will include a range of management roles, both in-store and within Aldi's offices, as well as shop floor and distribution centre positions.

Aldi has a 4.8% share of the UK grocery market, according to Kantar Worldpanel. To compare that, Tesco has a 28.8% share and Asda is second with 17.4% for the 12 weeks to September.

Roman Heini, group managing director of Aldi UK, said the company was also buying more locally produced products and expanding its fresh food range. "This approach is helping us to grow our market share and driving our investment in the UK."

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