Aldi is to create 400 jobs with plans to build a new distribution centre in Bedford, despite recently unveiling falling profits.
The German supermarket has submitted a planning application for an 88,000 square metre warehouse that will serve its network of stores across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
It comes after Aldi's UK chief Matthew Barnes outlined aggressive expansion plans that could see the grocery chain open more than a thousand new stores.
Aldi currently has around 700 British outlets. New distribution centres in Sheppey, Kent, and Sawley, Derbyshire, are also under development, with the Bedford warehouse its twelfth in the UK.