MADRID – Aldi added nearly 27,000 square metres of retail space between January and August this year. Resulting in the opening of 22 new stores across the country. Of these, 16 were new stores and 6 store transfers.
In a statement, the German supermarket chain stressed these openings are part of the “ambitious expansion plan” developing in Spain.
Most of the openings were geographically in Andalucia (27%). Roquetas de Mar (Almería) now has a branch and a shop has been opened in Chipiona (Cádiz). In addition, there were four transfers in Aljaraque (Huelva), Cádiz City, Chiclana and Conil (both in the province of Cádiz). Therefore, with a total of 82 stores, that makes Andalucia the autonomous community with the most Aldi supermarkets.
The Valencia region is the second region where the most new Aldi branches have been opened this year (23%). Specifically, there have been 3 new openings in the municipalities of San Fulgencio, El Vergel (both in Alicante) and Alboraia (Valencia). And there have been 2 transfers, in Orihuela and Petrer, both in the province of Alicante. Furthermore, in total, the Valencian Community now has 60 Aldi stores.
In Madrid, 18% of the openings have been concentrated, with four new stores in the cities of Pozuelo, Coslada, Alcorcón. Additionally, a new branch on Bravo Murillo street opened in the capital. This means a total of 46 stores in the region.
In Catalonia, the chain opened 3 new branches this year (14%), one in Tarragona and two in Barcelona (in Gran Via-Tetuán and Calle Tallers).
The supermarket’s ambition to grow in the north of the country this year is reflected in the opening of two new stores in the Basque Country. One in Santurtzi and the other in San Sebastián. These now represent 9% of the total number of new supermarkets. Aldi now has 14 stores in the region.
Finally, an Aldi was opened in Albacete and in Cala Millor in Mallorca.
‘Major expansion and growth plan’
The supermarket chain aims to close 2021 with the same number of openings as so far this year. That will increase the logistics area by more than 50%. To implement this “major expansion and growth plan”, Aldi plans to expand its logistics area in Spain by more than 50% over the next two years.
For example, the supermarket chain, which currently has 108,400 m2 of logistics land in Spain, plans to build in more than 61,000 new m2. Moreover, this concerns the expansion of the logistics platforms of Masquefa (Barcelona), Dos Hermanas (Seville) and the construction of a new warehouse in Sagunto (Valencia).
Discounts and many organics products
Aldi’s first entered the Spanish market in 2002 and currently has more than 340 stores and more than 5,500 employees. This makes the supermarket with a business model based on discounts and also many organic products, one of the most important in Spain.