Aldi has announced it is on the lookout for 16 new store locations in Kent – including one in Broadstairs and a second store for Margate.
The UK’s fifth largest supermarket has been on an expansion drive in recent years, opening around one new store a week on average to meet demand from new customers.
Aldi is looking for freehold town-centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for development.
It says each site should be around 1.5 acres and able to accommodate a 20,000 sq ft store with around 100 parking spaces, ideally on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access.
The shopping chain is currently having a new store built in Ramsgate opposite its current premises in Boundary Road.
Ciaran Aldridge, National Property Director at Aldi UK, said: “We have been investing in Britain for more than 30 years now, but we know that there are still areas that either do not have an Aldi at all, or that need another store to meet customer demand.
“Shoppers are increasingly looking to get unbeatable prices on their weekly shop without compromising on quality. That’s why, more so than ever, we’re keen to explore all opportunities to open new stores across the country.”
The full list of locations it is targeting in Kent are:
Margate (Aldi already has one store in Cliftonville)
Royal Tunbridge Wells
There is the Primark site in lower high street Margate been empty for years or the empty store twenty one we need retail there.
Aldi don’t want stores that are small and without a car park for customers. They could buy the Poundstretcher store which is underused as plenty of room there and they use the same type of rip-off smart parking app that can send fixed penalty notices out to anyone unable to pay that way or who are not using the store.
There are no ideal locations in Broadstairs either. It would mean demolition of buildings to make enough room.
This is good news.
The recently-exited Argos building at WWX ?
Can the council please make sure there is a planning condition to ensure that the supermarket provides a permanent recycling centre near the entrance?
The old sainsburys site at westwood?
Come to sandwich. Give the coop some competion.
Land available opposite 19th hole Kingsgate??