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Spain: Aldi reinforces a new distribution center of 30,000 square meters

Discount Retail Chain Aldi Spain (privately owned) announces its installation near the large Mercadona center for the supply of its products in the Mediterranean arc.

The logistics center of Sagunt continues to grow with the forthcoming introduction of Aldi, the supermarket chain of German origin, which will build a distribution center of 30,000 square meters in the Valencian town. The objective of the company specializing in discounts is "to support the growth of the chain's supermarkets in the Mediterranean area and face the expansion planned for the next few years in the region with the best guarantees," as the firm announced in a statement. Aldi has 59 stores in the Valencian Community, the third autonomous region with the most discount stores in the chain, after Andalusia and Catalonia. In this context, the entity has decided to strengthen its presence with this projected warehouse, probably in the industrial estate of the state entity Sepes del Puerto de Sagunto, according to sources in the sector. Nearby is Parc Sagunt I managed by the Generalitat, where Mercadona is completing one of its largest logistics centers by acquiring a first plot of 358,000 square meters for € 24 million (US$29 million).

The German discounter, which plans to open about 40 new stores in Spain by 2021, has already opened three new stores in Valencia (in the towns of San Fulgencio, Orihuela and Alboraia, specifically), the area that concentrates the majority of the new openings so far this year. The chain "plans to continue betting on the Valencian region in the coming years," they say in a statement. During the past year, Aldi hired more than 1,000 new jobs throughout Spain, 13% of them in the Valencian Community, and during this first half of 2021, it has already announced that it plans to incorporate a total of 120 jobs in the region. Currently, the firm has more than 800 workers in the Valencian area. At the national level, the supermarket chain now exceeds 330 stores and has more than 5,500 workers. Aldi has its own private label brands and local, state and international suppliers, and a worldwide workforce of 77,000 employees. With its location in Sagunto, the chain reinforces the logistics hub that the Valencian city is becoming after the traumatic dismantling of the steel industry, whose last smelting furnace stopped working in 1984. In Parc Sagunt, which occupies an area of ​​three million of gross square meters, Tempe, a supplier of footwear and accessories to Zara and 50% owned by Inditex, will also open a store after acquiring a 280,000 square meter plot of land for € 30.7 million (US$37million). In addition, Crown, a can manufacturer, is here located, among other companies, such as Importaco, Mercadona's supplier of nuts.


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