Aldi says ‘nein’ to Northern Ireland

Aldi's newest store will open in Caherciveen, Co. Kerry, later this month
Aldi's newest store will open in Caherciveen, Co. Kerry, later this month

Aldi's UK expansion will not include any NI stores

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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.

 

 

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One Response to Aldi says ‘nein’ to Northern Ireland

  1. Fiona says:

    It’s a mystery to me too – they’d do so well here. Despite my online petition and even asking them (on &off over the years), they’ve consistently chosen to ignore NI, a country they’d do really well in. Plus, they can never give me a straight answer when I ask them if they are ever going to come here. Their loss.

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