Aldi is one of the world’s largest privately-owned companies with more than 7,000 stores across Europe, North America and Australia. Aldi opened its first stores in the UK in 1990 and now has over 800 stores nationwide.
Aldi focuses on quality rather than quantity, stocking a range of groceries which includes many of the weekly food items shoppers need. This allows Aldi to get the lowest prices from suppliers and then pass on the savings to customers.
This commitment to quality has led to Aldi being awarded a host of industry and customer accolades, including being named ‘Best Grocery Store 2019’ at the Retail Week Awards 2019.
Our Aldi Regions
There are new stores (and store extensions) opening all the time. But right now, the picture looks something like this. The UK’s divided up into 10 Aldi regions. Each region has its own Head Office led by a Managing Director, a group of Directors and our wonderful team of support staff. Importantly, each region also has its own Regional Distribution Centre (or RDC) which takes care of the flow of goods, ensuring that our customers get all their favourite things on time.
Select a region from the map
With our Scottish Distribution Centre opening in 2004, our store numbers have gone from strength to strength. We stock over 200 items in our Scottish stores that you won’t find anywhere else in the UK. 25% of our product range is actually sourced in Scotland, with great products that include haggis and Scottish cod.
Opening in 1995, Darlington is one of our most established regions. From Newcastle to York and Sunderland, we cover the entire North and North-East of England. With no less than 55 wonderful Aldi stores, we’re keeping lots of customers happy – and lots of staff, too.
This region was opened as our second Distribution Centre back in 1991 based in Middleton, Manchester. It might cover the smallest geographical area, but it’s still incredibly busy due to the density of stores that opened in the City of Manchester and its surrounding areas. The Distribution Centre has recently relocated to Bolton in a brand-new purpose built site.
Opening in 2015, this region covers stores in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.
This region opened in 2006 and covers a vast area: Liverpool, the Western coastal areas and Cheshire. We even share responsibility for Wales, looking after the Northern part of the country.
In March 2020 we will be opening our brand new Sawley Regional Distribution Centre. From Skegness to Telford, Sawley will service Stores in the Midlands belt including Nottingham, Leicester and Derby.
We’re rather fond of this region, as this is where it all began for Aldi in the UK. Our very first store opened in Stechford (Birmingham) on 5th April 1990. Our Corporate Head Office functions, including IT, Corporate Responsibility, Buying and Central Finance & Administration, are also located on the Atherstone site.
Having opened in 2000, this region covers stores North of the River Thames up to the Norfolk coast, covering a broad geographic area across Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, and Essex. We’re planning even more expansion so even more customers will get to sample our delights.
In March 2017 we opened our brand new Cardiff Regional Distribution Centre. It looks after all of the stores in South Wales and the South West of England which are expanding rapidly.
The Swindon region opened in 1998 and hosts one of the most diverse set of stores in the country, stretching from the Cotswolds down to the seaside resorts of Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight, all the way over and up to the hustle and bustle of London.
In March 2019 we opened our brand new Sheppey Regional Distribution Centre. It looks after stores South of the River Thames down to the South East coast, covering a rapidly expanding area across Surrey, Kent and Sussex.