Aldi Freezer and Chill Facility, Bathgate

Source: Aldi

The facility includes 140,000 sq ft of chilled storage space and 40,000 sq ft for frozen

Aldi has opened a £22m frozen and chilled warehouse in Bathgate to service its Scottish stores.

The 180,000 sq ft facility was officially opened on Friday (25 September) as Aldi announced plans to increase the number of Scottish-sourced products in its 92 stores across the country.

The site includes 140,000 sq ft of chilled storage space and 40,000 sq ft for frozen. It joins an existing Aldi Warehouse in Bathgate.

The number of locally sourced products would rise from 450 to 500 over the next two years, Aldi said, while a further four Scottish stores would open this year and five next.

“It is important to us to mark the official opening of our new freezer and chill facility today, which reinforces our continued commitment to invest and support the Scottish food and drink industry,” said Aldi Scotland group buying director Graham Nicolson.

“When the decision was made to create a dedicated Scottish buying team 11 years ago it was made with the clear strategy that buying Scottish products would not cost our customers any more than buying the equivalent non-Scottish product.

“This has never been compromised, and 30% of our range is now locally sourced in Scotland, the largest share of any supermarket. We are committed to expanding further in Scotland and will be investing an additional £36m in nine new stores before the end of 2021.”

Livingston MP Hannah Bardell said: “This large investment is most welcome in these difficult times and I hope it will bring new secure employment to the local area.”