Discount Retail Chain Aldi U.S. will build a new regional headquarters and distribution center in Loxley, AL to support the company’s growing footprint along the Gulf Coast. The retailer purchased 160 acres in Loxley’s industrial and warehousing district, north of I-10 exit 44. The 564,000-square-foot (equal to 172,000 square meter) facility will bring approximately $100 million in capital investment and create 200 jobs for Loxley and Baldwin County. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2021.
The expansion will be the grocery retailer’s first step into Baldwin County, but not in Alabama. Aldi currently operates 30 stores across Alabama, with a mission to provide a faster, easier and smarter way to save money on high-quality groceries and more. ALDI is known for its value-driven approach to grocery shopping, mostly selling items under its own brands direct from the pallet.
“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.”
“We are proud that Aldi has selected Loxley for this monumental investment,” said Richard Teal, mayor of Loxley. “Bringing a regional headquarters is great for Loxley, Baldwin County and Alabama.”
The Discount Food Retail chain operates 180 stores in Florida and Alabama and more than 2,000 total across 36 states. The new Loxley regional headquarters and distribution center will serve new Aldi stores in southern Alabama, Louisiana and throughout the Florida panhandle, serving 8 mio customers. Aldi plans to open 70 new stores by the end of the year across its entire footprint, which puts the company on pace to become the third-largest U.S. grocer by store count by the end of 2022.
Aldi plans to begin operations at its Loxley facility by the end of 2022.