SUPERMARKET chain Aldi is to open a raft of new stores across the UK before the end of this year, it has been announced.

Among the 15 new locations announced, four are in Scotland.

The German discount store said the first of these will be in Edinburgh, and is due to open before the end of the month.

Govan, Hamilton, and Cumnock complete the list of Scottish locations due for a new Aldi store before 2022.

Aldi currently has more than 930 UK stores.

The new stores form part of the chain’s commitment to invest more than £1.3 billion by 2023, with plans to open 100 new stores over the next two years.

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Aldi says that opening a new store creates over 30 new jobs on average.

Ciaran Aldridge, national property director at Aldi UK, said: “There are still too many people for whom shopping at Aldi isn’t a convenient option. We’re committed to changing that and opening nearly four new stores a week before Christmas clearly demonstrates our progress with this.

“The new stores bring us one step closer to our goal of making our award-winning products at unbeatable prices easily accessible to even more shoppers across the country, and we look forward to welcoming local customers in for their weekly shop.”

A full list of stores opening before the end of the year:

- Windsor, Berkshire

- Luton, Bedfordshire

- Stamford, Lincolnshire

- Neath, Wales

- Govan, Scotland

- Edinburgh, Scotland

- Bedlington, Northumberland

- Biddulph, Staffordshire

- Cumnock, Scotland

- Orpington, London

- Hamilton, Scotland

- Llanelli, Wales

- Cheam, London

- Tamworth, Staffordshire

- Poole, Dorset