Wednesday 21st Oct 2020 - Logistics & Supply Chain

Aldi to open new DC in East Midlands

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Aldi has revealed plans for a major new distribution centre on land at Sawley Crossroads near Kegworth in Leicestershire.

The supermarket has confirmed that it wants to build a 600,000 sq ft distribution centre to serve its existing and planned new stores throughout the Midlands region and that it has identified the site at Sawley, just off the A50, as the optimum location to meet the Company’s requirements.

The scheme will involve a two phase project. If successful after planning, work on the proposed facility will begin next year, providing a unit capable of serving the immediate needs of the growing supermarket business and creating 400 new jobs. In the longer term, the site also provides expansion space to meet the anticipated ongoing growth plans of Aldi.

Discussions with the site’s owners, Wilson Bowden Developments, have been concluded and work is now well advanced towards a formal planning application to be made early in the New Year.

A spokesperson for Aldi confirmed that: “This is major investment for Aldi. The distribution requirements of the business need to keep pace with the growth of our retail outlets, and we therefore have an urgent need to deliver a new centre to serve our Midlands region. The site at Sawley is ideally placed to do this. We have been in talks with North West Leicestershire District Council to ensure that the scheme is deliverable, and we are hopeful that planning will be approved and we can be on-site during 2015”

“The Sawley site also provides a future expansion opportunity for the business, and this too will be covered by the forthcoming planning application. This is a key site in our growth plans and will also be a major boost to the local economy of North West Leicestershire.”

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