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One of the nation's fastest growing grocery store chains recently announced a very aggresive growth plan including 800 new stores across the country by 2028, including locations in Louisiana.

The popular discount grocery chain Aldi is planning to invest over $9 billion over the next 5 years to open 800 new locations.

German Supermarket Chain Aldi To Buy Winn-Dixie And Harveys Supermarkets
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Aldi Press Release

Aldi, based out of Batavia, IL, said the new stores will come in the form of new openings and existing store conversions.  Part of Aldi's growth includes the purchase of Southeastern Grocers and their Winn-Dixie and Harvey Supermarket brands.  In their press release Aldi explains:

In the Southeast, the acquisition of Southeastern Grocers and its Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket banners support ALDI expansion in a key region. In addition to organic growth through new store openings, a significant number of Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarkets will convert to the ALDI format over the next several years. Starting mid-summer, ALDI will begin a phased approach to the store conversion process. ALDI anticipates that approximately 50 stores will begin the conversion process during the latter half of 2024, with the majority of these stores reopening as ALDI in 2025.

As announced last August, ALDI intends for a meaningful amount of Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarkets to continue to operate under their current banners. Both ALDI and Southeastern Grocers are committed to a seamless transition and continuing to deliver excellent value and customer service to their shoppers. "With a long history of serving the Southeast, our steadfast commitment to helping our customers stretch their hard-earned dollars has remained a constant priority,” said Anthony Hucker, President and CEO, Southeastern Grocers. “As we begin this next chapter, we will continue to deliver the quality, service and value our customers have come to expect from us.” “With the acquisition of Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarkets, ALDI will serve even more communities in the Southeast, bringing us closer to our customers in a region where we’ve already experienced significant demand for affordable, quality groceries,” said Hart. “As we look ahead to this next chapter in our company history, both the ALDI and SEG teams will play a critical role in driving the business forward for our future collective success.

Southeastern Grocers Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is an omnichannel retailer serving customers in brick-and-mortar grocery stores and liquor stores, as well as online with convenient grocery delivery and curbside pickup throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and caring associates and a strong commitment to providing the best possible quality and value to customers.

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