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In the UK, the Retail Gazette reports that discounter Aldi plans to expand its new ‘Local’ format. After the successful opening of one unit in South London, the company says, it now will open another one in the city, as well as convert existing Aldi stores in Archway, Eastcote, Kingston, Kilburn, Tooting and Romford to the new concept.

The ‘Local’ format stores are about 6,000 square feet in size, and carry about 300 fewer SKUs than a traditional Aldi.

The Retail Gazette writes that “the results of these trials will then be evaluated before deciding whether to roll out the concept and branding permanently … Aldi also stressed that the Local fascia was not a move into convenience retailing.”

The story also says that “there are also no plans to introduce the Local format outside of London.”
KC's View:
Sure. Why not? Aldi, along with Lidl, hasn’t done enough to wreck the British supermarket sector. Might as well come up with another way to disrupt things.