Aldi has announced a mass expansion in Essex and wants to build nine new stores in the south of the county.

The German supermarket giant, now the UK's fifth largest chain, has been looking to add to its portfolio of shops in recent years, opening about one store a week on average to meet demand.

And the firm is looking to open 15 new stores in Essex in the near future.

Aldi, which now has more than 900 stores across the UK, is looking for freehold town-centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for development.

It says each site should be around 1.5 acres and able to accommodate a 20,000 sq ft store with around 100 parking spaces, ideally on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access.

Aldi already has stores in Wickford, Pitsea, Benfleet, Westcliff, Southend and Grays.

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Ciaran Aldridge, National Property Director at Aldi UK, said: “We have been investing in Britain for more than 30 years now, but we know that there are still areas that either do not have an Aldi at all, or that need another store to meet customer demand.

“Shoppers are increasingly looking to get unbeatable prices on their weekly shop without compromising on quality.

"That’s why, more so than ever, we’re keen to explore all opportunities to open new stores across the country.”

The full list of locations it is targeting in Essex - with those in the south of the county highlighed in bold - are:



Canvey Island

• Colchester

• Epping

• Great Dunmow

• Harlow

Leigh on Sea



• Shenfield


• South Woodham Ferrers

Stanford Le Hope/Corringham