Aldi has prioritised four areas in Sussex for new stores in its expansion drive.

The budget supermarket giant received over 4,000 requests during a public consultation on areas missing an Aldi, which it is using to develop its plans for new stores.

Aldi is carrying out a rapid expansion drive in pursuit of its goal of 1,500 stores in the UK, which currently stands at more than 1,020.

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Following the public consultation, Aldi has marked Burgess Hill, Crawley, Haywards Heath and Worthing as priority locations.

Managing director of national real estate at Aldi UK Jonathan Neale said: “We want to make high-quality food accessible to all, but we can’t do that while there are still some towns and areas that either don’t have an Aldi or have capacity for additional stores.

"We recognise there is huge demand in certain regions for more stores, which is why we decided to get the public’s input on our latest list of priority locations.

“They have helped us identify where demand is greatest and we will continue to work to bring Aldi to as many people as possible.”

It comes as the Aldi store in Rustington was recently refurbished to allow more space for meat, fish and the health and beauty range.