Aldi offering finder's fee to anyone who can find suitable new store locations in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Aldi are offering a finder’s fee to anyone who can help them find suitable sites for new stores in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

The UK’s fifth largest supermarket has revealed a wish list of new store locations across the UK. This list includes two areas in Edinburgh and the Lothians - Drylaw and Bonnyrigg.

Aldi has been on a rapid expansion drive in recent years, helping it grow its market share to a record 9%.

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The German discounter already has more than 960 stores across the UK and is looking for freehold town centre or edge-of-town sites of around 1.5 acres.

It wants sites that are able to fit a 20,000 square foot store with around 100 parking spaces, ideally near a main road with good visibility and access.

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The supermarket is offering a finder’s fee for people who successfully recommend a site – including members of the public – of either 1.5% of the freehold price or 10% of the first year’s rent for leasehold sites.

Aldi UK national property director George Brown said: “By opening more Aldi stores, we can provide affordable, high-quality food to even more people.

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Aldi are on the hunt for new store locations in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

“But despite our growth in recent years, some people still don’t have access to a local store, which is why it is our mission to continue on with our ambitious growth plans and change that.

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“Our finder’s fee is available to anyone who can find Aldi an appropriate property so we’d encourage people to share any suitable suggestions and get it touch.”

The list of areas Aldi is targeting for new stores include:

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Aldershot

Allestree

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Barry

Basildon

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Bath

Birmingham

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Bonnyrigg

Brentwood

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Cambridge South

Cathcart

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Cheadle

Chepstow

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Chesterfield

Chesterton

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Clarkston

Coventry

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Crawley

Dorchester

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Drylaw, Edinburgh

Formby

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Gerrards Cross/Chalfont St Peter

Guildford

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Harrogate

Ladysmill, Falkirk

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Leicester Fosse Park

Lightwood, Stoke on Trent

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Liverpool

Meadowhall

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Newcastle Upon Tyne

North Leeds

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Ossett

Otley

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Oxford

Penwortham

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Plymstock

Rayleigh

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Runcorn

Saltash

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Scarborough

Slough

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South Normanton

St Albans

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Sunderland

Torquay

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Tunbridge Wells

Upton

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Warrington

Warwick

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Wellingborough

West Didsbury

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Wigan

Wilmslow

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Wombourne

Worthing

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York