Hope that new Aldi store brings local jobs

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Up and coming supermarket giant Aldi are poised to open eight new Scottish stores - creating around 550 jobs - with one earmarked for Newton Mearns.

The retailer is pushing ahead with ambitious plans to expand its Scottish presence with the new stores in 2016.

Over the next 12 months, the discount retailer is set to open a further eight stores bringing its total number of Scottish locations to 72.

As a result, the number of Aldi employees north of the border will reach around 2,500 which is an increase of 200 per cent since 2012.

In addition to investing in new stores and jobs, Aldi will continue to grow its range of Scottish-sourced products.

Since 2013, Aldi has increased the number of Scottish lines by 30 per cent and by the end of next year they expect that number to grow by a further 10 per cent, resulting in a product range which supports scottish suppliers.

Richard Holloway, Managing Director of Aldi in Scotland, said: “Our business model in Scotland has always been about working with the best local producers to bring top quality products to our customers at everyday low prices.

“In the year ahead, we want to grow relationships with existing suppliers and cultivate new ones too.

“There is no doubt that Aldi is growing in popularity across the UK, and Scotland is a significant success story in its own right.

“We’re retaining existing customers, and attracting new shoppers, due to the quality and value of the products on offer. With new stores opening next year, we’re looking forward to giving even more people the chance to switch to Aldi and save on their weekly shop.”

Earlier this year, Aldi carried out a search to find Scotland’s Next Top Product launching a nationwide competition to give Scottish businesses a chance to secure their first major supermarket listing.

After receiving more than 100 entries, Caramel Shortbread from Argo’s Bakery in Orkney was announced as the winner receiving a contract worth £175,000 .