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ALDI to open 150 new stores, hire hundreds of employees

ALDI announced this week plans to expand its brand with another 150 new stores as well as a new regional distribution center.

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In a news release, ALDI said the 150 new stores will put it on track to be the third-largest U.S. grocery retailer by store count, by the end of 2022.

ALDI said it will now be in 38 states as its newest store opens Feb. 10 in Lafayette, Louisiana. To celebrate the store opening, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and the first 100 customers will get a gift bag filled with a sampling of ALDI products, KADN reported.

“There’s nothing like watching shoppers discover ALDI for the first time,” ALDI U.S.’s CEO, Jason Hart, said in a statement. “There’s a moment of surprise when they realize just how much they can save by shopping with us. We can’t wait to share that experience with more customers as we add new stores across the Southeast.”

ALDI also announced it would be opening a 564,000-square-foot regional distribution center in Loxley, Alabama later this year. That facility will support up to 100 new stores across Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle. ALDI said it intends to hire approximately 300 people to work in its stores and another 200 people to work in its distribution center.

ALDI is expanding its curbside pickup options, adding another 300 stores that will offer the convenient service by the end of the year, KADN reported.