Aldi to open 80 stores and create 5,000 jobs in the UK this year

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Sales at the supermarket jumped in December (Source: Getty)

Disruptive German supermarket Aldi will open 80 new stores in the UK this year, creating 5,000 jobs in the UK, it said this morning.

The plans will take the supermarket's estate to 700 outlets in the UK, it said in a statement this morning.

A spokesman for the retailer said the stores will be "right across the UK", including central London. In the coming weeks, a new Aldi store will open in Tooting, although the retailer did not say when it will open.

Jobs on offer will include 100 store managers, 450 deputy store managers and 4,000 store and stock assistant positions.

The company said all Aldi UK employees now receive a living wage, with a minimum rate of £8.40, or £9.45 in Greater London.

The supermarket has grown rapidly in the UK in recent years. The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel showed sales rose 13.7 per cent in the 12 weeks to the end of January.

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