Aldi Nord has high hopes for its Polish branch: the German discounter wants to open up to 600 stores in the next five years and aims to raise its store number from around 200 to a thousand in ten years’ time. Remarkably, that growth could partially come in the form of acquisitions.
Aldi has been active in Poland since 2008, but the discounter has decided to speed up its expansion in the country. Whereas growth in Poland has been coming by the dozens in the last few years, there should be more than a hundred stores opening annually in the next five years. Aldi’s Polish expansion budget will rise significantly, as local business website reports. Aldi Polska CEO Wojciech Łubieński says that the expansion acceleration will start soon, with a dozen of stores opening in the next couple of weeks alone.
By 2032, Aldi hopes to have a thousand stores in the country, mostly through its own means, but “We are ready for acquisitions when an opportunity arises”, Łubieński explains. The discounter has recently opened it second Polish distribution centre and has two more in the pipeline, in order to facilitate the projected growth.