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ALDI today announced a five-year plan to open 650 new stores across the nation and to build its regional headquarters and distribution center in Moreno Valley, Calif.
To reach its aggressive goal, over the next five years, ALDI plans to accelerate the pace of new store openings to an average of 130 per year, up from an average of 80 stores per year in recent years. ALDI also is planning to invest more than $3 billion to pay for land, facilities and equipment. When the expansion is complete, ALDI will have stores coast-to-coast and anticipates serving more than 45 million customers per month. The expansion is expected to create more than 10,000 new jobs at ALDI stores, warehouses and division offices.
Additionally, the company's growth is expected to have a positive economic impact on its long-term supplier-partners, as well as provide opportunities for new supplier-partners as ALDI expands its footprint.
"We're ramping up our expansion plans to meet growing demand for ALDI from customers across the country," said Jason Hart, president, ALDI. "Recently, we successfully entered new markets such as Houston, and expanded our presence in competitive markets like South Florida and New York City. At ALDI, we believe that great quality can be affordable, and we are eager to bring the ALDI difference to new markets like Southern California."
More than 90 percent of products at ALDI are their own store brands rather than national brands, which helps generates savings for its customers through a low-overhead. In the ALDI Test Kitchen, ALDI ensures that its products meet or exceed the quality and taste of national name brands. All ALDI food products are backed by the Double Guarantee. If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product AND refund the purchase price.
Other cost-saving measures include a streamlined approach that avoids non-essential services such as banking, pharmacies, check cashing and bagging clerks. Also, by concentrating its full buying power on 1,300 of the most commonly purchased grocery items in the most common size, ALDI secures sizable discounts.
"When we open a new store, word of mouth about the amazing quality and freshness of the products available at ALDI spreads quickly from loyal shoppers to friends and neighbors. While new customers are sometimes surprised that ALDI doesn't look or feel like other grocery stores, once they learn how our efficiencies directly impact their savings at the register, they embrace the ALDI way of grocery shopping," added Hart.
Since opening its first store in 1976, ALDI has achieved measured, but steady, growth entirely through organic expansion. ALDI was ranked 12 on PLBuyer’s Top 35 Private Label Retailers in 2012. The grocer has nearly 1,300 stores across 32 states and employs more than 18,000 people, making it the 25th largest grocer in the nation according to Supermarket News.
"We've updated our new store design to be brighter and more welcoming than ever before," said Hart. "And we continue to increase our healthy food options, including fresh produce, meats, dairy and baked goods. Our Fit & Active line offers a number of foods that have less fat and sodium, and fewer calories, and we are preparing to introduce our new SimplyNature line of natural and organic foods. With everything we have to offer, it's no surprise to us that more and more people are discovering that they don't have to sacrifice quality and taste to save money by shopping at ALDI."