Aldi announces Greenwich location for first checkout-free store

Aldi has announced Greenwich as the first location of its check-out free store. 

Despite the German discount retailer not yet providing a firm date for its opening, it has reportedly been busy completing test runs before the unveiling.  

According to the retailer, it is currently using a mix of sensors, artificial intelligence and cameras to recognise items customers select and then charge the products to their account automatically as they leave the store.  

The central London location, which used to be a Poundstretcher store, is estimated to have cost the company approximately £1.8 million to fit out.  

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The high-tech outlet will apparently be an Aldi Local, the discounter’s smallest store edition which sells a compact range of 1500 items. 

Aldi has not revealed whether it intends to open any further checkout-free stores in the near future. 

However, according to The Mirror, the brand will potentially be rolling out the new format across the UK after it perfects its system, which it said is “not 100 per cent” yet.  

The news comes after the company announced its intention to invest £1.3 billion in the UK in light of its sales peaking over £13.5 billion over the last year. 

As a result, the supermarket is set to expand its logistics infrastructure by 1.3 million sq ft over the next two years, creating 2000 new jobs and opening 100 stores across the country.  

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