Stateside expansion efforts are afoot for Aldi as the retailer announced multiple exciting initiatives this week. The company revealed plans to open 100 new stores by the end of 2021, with a close focus on Arizona, California, Florida, and the Northeast markets. Aldi has also broken ground on its 26th regional headquarters and distribution center and has a strategy set in place to build out its e-commerce network.
"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. "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."
According to a press release, Aldi will add Curbside Grocery Pickup service to 500 additional stores by the end of the year, bringing the total number of curbside locations to more than 1,200. The company will also continue to offer grocery delivery via Instacart in almost all of its stores. Aldi’s new 564,000-square-foot regional headquarters and distribution center in Loxley, Alabama, will support the company's expansion throughout the Gulf Coast region. The facility will be equipped to service up to 100 stores in Alabama, Southern Georgia, Mississippi, the Florida Panhandle, and Louisiana.
The 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.
Could Aldi have even more plans in the works? Stick with us as Deli Market News reports.