According to a news release from the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance (BCEDA) this morning, ALDI U.S., a leader in the grocery retailing industry since 1976, announced plans to construct a new regional headquarters and distribution center in Loxley, Alabama, to support the company’s growing footprint along the Gulf Coast.
According to Joey Betbeze, who represented the sellers of the property, the company purchased 148.69 acres north of Exit 44 on Interstate 10 for $3,345,525, or $22,500 per acre.
The upcoming 564,000-square-foot facility will bring approximately $100 million in capital investment and create 200 jobs for Loxley and Baldwin County, according to the BCEDA, and construction is scheduled to begin in early 2021.
“We are eager for ALDI to expand its presence in our state,” said Gov. Kay Ivey. “We’re proud to stand behind ALDI’s commitment to bringing value to the people of Alabama and the Gulf Coast region, and we welcome the company’s plans for a regional headquarters and distribution hub in Loxley that will create jobs for our hard working citizens.”
Although the company has purchased smaller properties in Fairhope , Spanish Fort and Foley in recent years, it has not yet developed those properties. 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.”
The development is the largest for the Loxley area since ACE Hardware built a distribution center just north of I-10 in 1999. Today it employs roughly 250 people.
“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 new Loxley regional headquarters and distribution center will serve new ALDI stores in southern Alabama, Louisiana and throughout the Florida panhandle. 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’s new regional headquarters and distribution center will create new job opportunities for the Baldwin County workforce and contribute to our economy,” said Jeb Ball, Baldwin County Commission economic development chair. “ALDI’s growth and success will contribute to overall economic health and help meet the needs of our growing population. We welcome them to Baldwin County.”
ALDI plans to begin operations by the end of 2022.
This article has been edited to correct information about the purchase price.
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