Aldi broke ground on its new regional headquarters and distribution center in Loxley, Ala. on Feb. 10, marking a wave of expansion in the U.S. that will include 100 new stores, curbside delivery at 500 additional locations and a continued partnership with Instacart for delivery across most of its fleet.
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, Fla. slated to open later this year. The grocery chain will focus on Arizona, California, Florida and the Northeast for the remainder of its 100 new planned locations, which will join the grocer’s 2,000+ existing stores across 38 states.
The retailer also announced that it was enhancing its ecommerce operation with the addition of curbside pickup at 500 more stores, bringing the total number of curbside locations to more than 1,200.
The new Loxley distribution center — the company’s sixth in the southern U.S. — will feature several sustainable building elements, such as solar panels, LED lighting and an environmentally friendly refrigeration system. The facility also will create an additional 200 jobs when it opens next year.
“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 of Aldi U.S. in a statement. “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.”