ALDI continues its coast-to-coast expansion with approximately 100 new locations, focusing on Arizona, California, Florida, the Northeast, its 26th regional headquarters and distribution center, and expanded eCommerce offerings.
The retailer will further expand its eCommerce offering throughout 2021, adding Curbside Grocery Pickup service to 500 additional stores, bringing the total number of curbside locations to more than 1,200. ALDI will also continue to offer grocery delivery via Instacart in almost all of its stores.
Additionally, ALDI broke ground on a new regional headquarters and distribution center in Loxley, Alabama, which will support its expansion throughout the Gulf Coast region, stated the retailer in a press release. The 564,000-square-foot facility is the company’s sixth distribution center in the southern U.S., and it will be equipped to service up to 100 stores in Alabama, Southern Georgia, Mississippi, the Florida Panhandle, and Louisiana, which will be the 38th state where ALDI operates.
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The new Loxley distribution center will feature several sustainable building elements, such as solar panels, LED lighting, and an environmentally friendly refrigeration system. The facility will also create an additional 200 jobs when it opens next year.
With the distribution center in place, ALDI plans to open as many as 35 new Gulf Coast-area stores by the end of 2022, with the first two stores in Tallahassee, Florida, slated to open later this year.
“We’re incredibly proud to continue growing in all aspects of our business, from opening new stores to enhancing our eCommerce offerings, especially in light of the challenges businesses have faced in the last year,” said Jason Hart, CEO, ALDI U.S. “Our commitment to our shoppers, new and existing, is the same — we will do everything in our power to offer the lowest possible prices every day — and we look forward to supporting more communities across the country with amazing ALDI products at a value that can’t be matched.”
With more than 2,000 stores across 37 states, ALDI is on track to become the third-largest grocery retailer by store count by the end of 2022.