Grocery chain ALDI US has announced plans for a new regional headquarters and distribution center in Loxley to serve new stores in southern Alabama, the Florida panhandle and across the Gulf Coast to Louisiana. Groundbreaking for the Loxley site is slated for 2021.
Entry into Louisiana will mark the 38th state for discount grocery giant, which has its roots in the German grocery chain of the same name.
“We are proud that ALDI has selected Loxley for this monumental investment, bringing a regional headquarters is great for Loxley, Baldwin County and Alabama,” said Loxley Mayor Richard Teal.
“Each new store is an opportunity to serve another community, which is an honor and responsibility we do not take lightly,” said Jason Hart, CEO, ALDI U.S.
Aldi already has 180 stores in Alabama and Florida. Within Alabama, they are primarily from Montgomery north.
The firm just topped 2,000 U.S. stores and calculates that it is on track to be the third largest grocery retailer by store count in the U.S. by 2022.
Aldi has invested $5 billion in a major growth campaign over the last several years and has increased its selection of produce, meats and organic options. It has also ramped up its curbside pick up and delivery options.