Aldi announced that it is on the lookout for new store locations in Wiltshire - including Swindon and Royal Wootton Bassett.

The UK’s fifth-largest supermarket has been on an expansion drive as it targets having 1,200 stores open by 2025.

Aldi already has three branches in Swindon, opened its first branch in Royal Wootton Basset last December and has been given approval for a new store in Highworth - but more could be on the cards.

Further afield, it hopes to open shops in Calne, Devizes, Bradford on Avon, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Warminster, Salisbury.

Aldi has more than 880 stores across the UK and has identified nine new locations where it is looking for freehold town-centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for development.

Each site should be around 1.5 acres and able to accommodate a 20,000 sq ft store with around 100 parking spaces, ideally on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access.

The supermarket's national property director Ciaran Aldridge said: “Aldi is growing rapidly and we are welcoming around a million new customers into our stores every year.

“But there are also hundreds of towns across the UK where there is not an Aldi, meaning there are hundreds of thousands of people who can’t easily access the high quality, affordable food our customers love.

“We are willing to explore all opportunities, including developer-led schemes or existing retail units.”