Discount supermarket Aldi is building a new distribution hub in the UK, securing 400 jobs.
The grocer has submitted plans to build a new 21 acres facility in Bedford – the equivalent size of 20 football pitches.
The new site will be its 12th distribution centre in the UK and will predominantly be used to serve its growing customer base across the south east of England.
Expanding: Aldi has submitted plans to build a new 88,000m2 facility in Bedford – the equivalent of 20 football pitches
Aldi has been expanding at a rapid pace in the UK and last year committed £450million to opening new stores and improving its new UK and Ireland distribution centres.
It now plans to open a further 70 new shops across the UK next year, more than one store every week, creating 4,000 jobs.
By 2022 the company plans to have more than 1,000 stores in the UK – securing 205,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Last month Aldi revealed sales in the UK and Ireland had jumped 13.5 per cent to £8.7billion in 2016 after it managed to entice more than one million new customers to its stores.
Profits however tumbled by nearly a fifth due to the firm’s ongoing investment drive.