Budget supermarket Aldi targets Merseyside village home to Premier League footballers for new store

Aldi reveals 29 locations to open new stores - including this one in Merseyside

Aldi has revealed it will be targeting Liverpool’s Formby with plans to create a new store.

Aldi - which has over 970 stores - is now the fourth largest supermarket in the UK, according to the latest data from Kantar.

In an annual trading update, Aldi discovered it attracted record numbers of customers since the country emerged from COVID-19 restrictions.

Having now replaced Morrisons in fourth place, Aldi is looking to expand its network of stores bringing their budget supermarkets to more cities and towns across the UK.

Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Officer for Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “Independent research shows our discount is as compelling as ever and that’s why more and more people are switching to Aldi.

We will do whatever it takes to maintain our discount to the traditional full price supermarkets and keep grocery prices as low as possible for the millions of customers that shop with Aldi.”

Where in Liverpool are Aldi looking to build?

Aldi is looking to build in areas that have “freehold town-centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for property development”.

In order to qualify, the site should accommodate a 20,000 sq foot store with around 100 parking spaces and is ideally near a main road with good visibility.

Aldi has announced that it will be targeting Formby as one of its next areas to build an Aldi store in.

Aldi in Formby

Formby is home to Premier League footballers and Merseyside’s only Waitrose supermarket.

The nearest Aldi for residents is currently six miles away in Birkdale.

Tesco is the only other supermarket serving the 24,000 population in the coastal village, which only got it first McDonald’s in 2019.

But the village is expanding, with Sefton Council approving plans plans to build more than a thousand new houses in Formby over the past three years.

The rumoured location for Aldi would be next to the Pinewoods Park development, where hundreds of new homes are being built, on the edge of town.

This site on Liverpool Road in Formby has long been rumoured to become a supermarket.
This site on Liverpool Road in Formby has long been rumoured to become a supermarket.
This site on Liverpool Road in Formby has long been rumoured to become a supermarket.

Where else in the UK is Aldi looking to build?

With its stores growing in popularity and attracting 1.5 million extra customers in the past 12 weeks, Aldi has announced it will be targeting areas across the UK.

Here is a full list of the the areas Aldi is eyeing up:

  • South East – Caversham, Farnham, Maidenhead and Worthing
  • South West – Bath, Teignmouth and Penzance
  • West Midlands – Birmingham, Coventry and Warwick
  • East Midlands – Chesterfield, Leicester and Derby
  • East of England – Cheshunt, Brentwood and Rayleigh
  • North West – Warrington, West Didsbury and Formby
  • North East – Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland
  • Yorkshire – Harrogate, Otley and York
  • Scotland – Cathcart, Bonnyrigg and Ladysmill
  • Wales – Barry and Chepstow