Source: Birmingham Business Journal
Growing grocery chain ALDI has chosen a site in south Alabama for a new regional headquarters and distribution center.
ALDI U.S. has purchased 160 acres north of Interstate 10 in Loxley to build a 564,000-square-foot facility, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce.
The project represents a $100 million capital investment and will create 200 jobs in the Baldwin County city.
Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2021. The facility is expected to open in 2022.
“We are eager for ALDI to expand its presence in our state,” said Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. “We’re proud to stand behind ALDI’s commitment to bringing value to the people of Alabama and the Gulf Coast region, and we welcome the company’s plans for a regional headquarters and distribution hub in Loxley that will create jobs for our hardworking citizens.”
Th grocer operates 30 stores in Alabama, and the new center will serve stores in southern Alabama, Louisiana and the Florida footprint. The chain is also growing, with plans to open 70 news stores by the end of 2020 across the U.S.
The project will mark the retailer’s first presence in Baldwin County.
“We are ready to bring the ALDI difference to new markets in Alabama, like Baldwin County,” said Dan Gavin, ALDI’s vice president of real estate. “We’re ramping up our expansion plans to meet the growing demand along the Gulf Coast.”