ALDI has unveiled its plans to invest £24 million in Scotland over the next year after opening its 100th Scottish store in 2021.

The German-owned supermarket chain is set to open three new stores in Scotland in the new year – two in Aberdeen at Countesswells Road and Hareness Road, and one at Greendykes Road, Broxburn.

In 2022 Aldi’s Supermarket Sweep initiative will help to support Scotland’s local food banks, and its Scottish Sports Fund – which has already seen £290,000 donated to 500 sports clubs – will see further investment.

Richard Holloway, Aldi’s regional managing director for Scotland, said the next year looks “very exciting” for the chain.

“We reached a significant milestone with the opening of our 100th Scottish store in 2021 and we are continuing to demonstrate our commitment to further expansion and investment in our Scottish stores,” he said.

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“During the course of 2021, we have invested £36m in new store locations and in the next two years we will invest an additional £55m in new stores and extensions, with a further nine stores planned.

“Almost three-quarters of our stores are now in our improved Project Fresh store format, providing a more customer-friendly layout with additional space and a brighter shopping experience - and we’re on track to upgrade the remainder by the end of 2023.

“We are incredibly grateful to all our colleagues and suppliers, who have continued to work tirelessly in very challenging times. We look forward to the New Year and continuing to grow and serve the people of Scotland.”