Discount supermarket chain Lidl has revealed plans to open five new stores across the north and north-east.
It has released a “wishlist” of more than 1,000 sites across the UK where it wants to open up – more than doubling its current number of locations.
Of the prospective sites, 33 are in Scotland – including south Inverness, Stonehaven and Westhill.
Lidl also wants to open a branch in the Garthdee area of Aberdeen, and relocate its existing store on the city’s Lang Stracht in Mastrick to elsewhere.
The supermarket chain has said the search for “great quality locations” will help it continue to provide jobs across the nation.
It opened its first UK store in 1994 and now has more than 800, with an estimated 6% market share.
Last month supermarket rival Aldi announced plans to open its third premises in Aberdeen.
If plans are approved, the Hazlehead store could open to shoppers by March 2022.