A SUPERMARKET giant is looking for new store locations in Sussex.

Aldi, which already has more than 960 stores across the UK, is looking for freehold, “town centre or edge of town sites” that have around 1.5 acres of land.

The priority areas where the supermarket chain is looking include Crawley and Worthing.

An Aldi spokeswoman said the hunt for new store locations in Sussex forms part of its rapid expansion drive.

“Each site in Sussex should be able to accommodate a 20,000 sq. ft store with around 100 parking spaces. Ideally the location will be near a main road with good visibility and access,” the spokeswoman said.

Aldi, which is the UK’s fifth-largest supermarket, is offering a finder’s fee for people who recommend a site, including members of the public - which is either 1.5 per cent of a freehold price or 10 per cent of the first year’s rent for leasehold sites.

George Brown, national property director at Aldi UK, said: “By opening more Aldi stores, we can provide affordable, high-quality food to even more people.

“But despite our growth in recent years, some people still don’t have access to a local store, which is why it is our mission to continue on with our ambitious plans and change that.

“Our finder’s fee is available to anyone who can find Aldi an appropriate site, so we’d encourage people to share any suitable suggestions and get it touch.”

Last year, Aldi announced it is on the lookout for locations for ten new stores in East Sussex.

The brand said it was looking for sites in Brighton, Eastbourne and Newhaven.

The supermarket chain said it was also looking at Bexhill, Crowborough, Hailsham, Hastings, Peacehaven, Portslade and Uckfield.

Aldi employs 36,000 employees across the UK.

Research released by Which? in December last year showed doing a full shop at Aldi was 19.9 per cent cheaper than the same shop at Tesco.