SUPERMARKET chain Aldi has set its sights on a new store in Dumbarton as it aims to further extend its presence in Scotland.

The popular food retailer has been on an expansion drive in recent years as it targets having 1,200 stores open across the UK by 2025.

Dumbarton has been included in a list of 19 locations in Scotland where Aldi is looking for free-hold town centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for development.

The site should be able to accommodate a 20,000 square foot store with around 100 parking spaces, ideally on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access.

Ciaran Aldridge, national property director at Aldi UK, 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.”