Aldi says ‘nein’ to Northern Ireland
5 January 2016 | 1
2016 has been touted as the year a new front will open in the UK’s long-running supermarket wars – that would be online shopping – but the battle for footfall is never ending. For that reason, speculation was rife that Aldi would finally encompass the North in its plans, but that’s not to be the case for now.
The German company, which already has around 500 stores across the UK and Ireland, confirmed to BelfastLive that no stores have been earmarked for its next round of expansion.
Aldi’s decision is even more odd given the strong presence of fierce rival Lidl in Northern Ireland. The latter’s market share in the North rose from 3.8% in 2013 to 4.1% in 2014.