Further solidifying its position as one of the fastest growing grocery store operators in the United States, the Aldi discount chain aims to open120 new outlets this year and have 2,400 units open for business by the end of 2023. This is happening at time when inflation is forcing some retailers to slow down growth plans, or even shutter stores.
“While inflation is undoubtedly driving unprecedented demand for affordable groceries, we know that once customers experience the Aldi difference, they keep shopping with us, even when the economy improves,” said Jason Hart, chief executive officer of Batavia, Illinois-headquartered Aldi US.
This year’s planned expansion builds on a banner year in 2022. The chain opened and remodeled 139 stores, greeted approximately 9.4 million new customers and drove double-digit growth year-over-year as shoppers sought relief from soaring food prices. The grocer is on track to continue that momentum this year, opening 35 stores in the first quarter alone and welcoming 5.3 million new customers to its outlets as of April 2023.
Aldi new store openings will span the continental United States, including the rapidly growing Southeast region where it recently inaugurated its 26th regional headquarters and distribution center in Loxley, Alabama to help support expansion in the area. This year, the chain will add stores in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, both of which are new markets for the grocer. As part of the national expansion, nearly 2,000 new employees will be hired.