Wednesday 26th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Aldi on cusp of 500,000 sq ft Sheppey DC

Budget supermarket Aldi is thought to be on the cusp of reviving plans for a 500,000 sq ft distribution centre on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, increasing its UK development portfolio to almost 2.5m sq ft.

The DC would be built on land the company still owns on the Island and for which it secured planning permission in 2007. The previous plans for a regional HQ and distribution centre were scrapped in 2010.

Since then however budget supermarkets have  grown in popularity and ,earlier this year Aldi announced it was investing some £600 million to create 1,000 stores across  the UK by 2022 creating some 35,000 jobs earlier this year. It is thought to be looking at securing a further 12 stores in Kent.

Alongside Sheppey, the budget supermarket is set to open distribution centres in Bolton (441,000 sq ft), Cardiff (497,497 sq ft), Goldthorpe (856,000 sq ft) and North Warwickshire (120,000 sq ft).