More than 1,000 new ALDI stores have opened throughout the United States over the past decade. In keeping with its tradition of aggressive growth, ALDI announced that it plans to open approximately 150 new supermarkets during 2022, continuing on its path to becoming the third-largest U.S. grocery retailer by store count.
As ALDI expands in the Southeast, the company will count Louisiana as its 38th state of operation when it welcomes shoppers to its Lafayette store on Feb. 10.
ALDI reported that it plans to open two more supermarkets on the Gulf Coast in early March, along with 20 additional stores throughout the region by year-end.
“There is nothing like watching shoppers discover ALDI for the first time,” said Jason Hart, CEO, ALDI U.S. “There’s a moment of surprise when they realize just how much they can save by shopping with us. We can’t wait to share that experience with more customers as we add new stores across the Southeast.”
Later this year, the grocery chain will also open a new 564,000-square-foot regional distribution center in Loxley, Alabama, to support its growth in the area. The facility will eventually support as many as 100 new stores throughout Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle.
The grocery chain is looking to hire approximately 300 store associates and 200 warehouse associates to support its growth in the area. Interested candidates can visit careers.aldi.us for more information.
In addition to opening stores, ALDI will increase access to convenient online shopping options. The company will expand its Curbside Grocery Pickup offering from 1,200 to 1,500 stores by the end of the year to make shopping quick and easy for customers.
With more than 2,100 stores across 38 states, ALDI is on track to become the third-largest grocery retailer by store count by the end of 2022.