Aldi has announced plans to open six new stores in Scotland this year as part of its UK expansion plans.

Aldi UK and Ireland store

The new stores scheduled to open over the next 12 months will be in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stewarton, Livingston, Parkhead, and Haddington.

The discounter said a further six stores will be upgrade as part of its Project Fresh programme, while its £25m storage and chill facility in Bathgate, West Lothian, will be fully operational by the end of April.

Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Aldi opening its first store in Scotland.

Aldi’s regional managing director for Scotland, Richard Holloway, said: “This is an exciting time for Aldi as we look ahead to 2020 and plan for the next 25 years in Scotland.

“Our new state-of-the-art storage and chill facility will be fully operational by the end of April, which will aid our expansion across Scotland while allowing us to increase the range of Scottish products available on our shelves.

“For several years Aldi has led the way with local sourcing, and we see Scotland as a key area of growth for the business. We’re proud to have reached our ambition to stock over 450 Scottish products significantly ahead of our target of the end of 2020, and we will continue to work in partnership with our local suppliers to increase this to over 500 locally sourced products in the next two years.”

Aldi has previously announced plans to increase its London store estate to 100 by the end of 2025, and open more than 100 new stores across the UK over the next two years, as part of its target of 1,200 stores by the end of 2025.