When ALDI announced plans for a major distribution center in Loxley, in the heart of Baldwin County, the chain had virtually no stores in the area. As of the ribbon cutting this week, the grocery group is serving 30 stores across the Gulf Coast, 20 of which opened in the last year.
Another 13 stores are planned to open in 2023.
The new center, with more than half a million square feet, is designed to serve as many as 100 stores along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle
“At a time when inflation is putting pressure on American wallets, we believe our mission to save people money on the food and products they need is more important than ever,” said Heather Moore, ALDI divisional vice president for the Loxley region. “We are thrilled to see so much customer love for the 20 stores we’ve opened in the Gulf Coast area in the last year alone. Once they see the quality, selection and value ALDI offers, they keep coming back. That’s why we’re committed to providing our customers the lowest possible price, and the best possible value — that’s something that will never change.”
Loxley Mayor Richard Teal welcomed the new center, saying, “We are incredibly proud ALDI chose to lay down its roots in our Alabama community. Our community is growing quickly, and we’re excited to be welcoming the expansion of ALDI alongside Loxley. Not only will this facility create hundreds of jobs for the hardworking members of our community, but it will also allow our residents and neighbors easy access to fresh food at low prices.”
ALDI has already hired 120 people and plans on a total of 200 at the new distribution center.
Founded in 1961 in Germany, ALDI identifies itself as the world’s first discount grocery chain.