Aldi has opened its 2,000th store and plans to keep on growing, entering the greater Phoenix market as part of initiatives that include debuting 70 new stores by the end of the year and, to support slated Gulf Coast expansion, christening a new distribution center in Loxley, AL.
The company has been executing a multi-year growth initiative based on a $5 billion investment that has been applied to updating stores and opening hundreds of new locations across the U.S. As part of the initiative, the company also increased its fresh food selection by 40% with a focus on new produce, meat, organic and easy to prepare foods, even as it maintains a commitment to low prices. Aldi has expanded its e-commerce offerings and, in May, announced the accelerated rollout of its Curbside Grocery Pickup service to about 600 stores by the end of July. The company also offers grocery delivery in more than 10,000 ZIP codes.
Arizona will become the 37th state where Aldi operates when it opens four new stores in the greater Phoenix area later this month. It will break ground next year on the Loxley distribution center, which will serve new stores in southern Alabama, and throughout the Florida Panhandle, as well as in Louisiana, which the company maintained will soon become its 38th state in operation. Aldi currently has 180 stores in Alabama and Florida, with four regional headquarters and distribution centers in the area.
“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. “As we continue to expand, we promise to do everything in our power to offer the lowest prices, every day, without exception. In fact, as food costs are rising across the country, we’re lowering prices on hundreds of items to meet our customers’ increased need for savings.”