As German-based grocery store Aldi celebrates the opening of a new store in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday, the company has reaffirmed its commitment to additional new stores in the South.
Two more stores are slated to open in the Gulf Coastal area in March with a total of 20 more stores this year.
A major distribution center in Loxley, in Baldwin County, is also slated to open later this year, serving up to 100 stores in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and the Florida panhandle. The company is in the process of hiring 300 store workers and 200 warehouse workers.
“There is nothing like watching shoppers discover Aldi for the first time,” said Jason Hart, CEO of 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.”
Aldi is aiming to become the nation’s third largest grocery chain by number of stores by the end of this year.