A discount supermarket giant plans to open a new store in Stewarton this year.

The new Aldi store scheduled to open over the next 12 months will be in Rigg Street in Stewarton joining six new stores across Scotland.

The six store openings as well as the giant's new chill facility will create an additional 200 jobs nationally, taking the total number of staff employed by the retailer in Scotland to 2800 by the end of 2020. 

Richard Holloway, Regional Managing Director for Scotland 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.

“With six new stores planned for next year and a further six being refreshed and upgraded, we’re looking forward to serving even more local communities and expanding our market share even further.