Grocery retailer Aldi is looking to expand nationally by adding 120 new stores this year, which would bring the total Aldi stores across the U.S. to 2,400 by year's end. This continues progress from last year, when Aldi opened and remodeled 139 stores, adding 9.4 million new customers, the company said.
The company is expanding into new markets, adding stores in Baton Rouge and New Orleans this year. Part of Aldi’s growth strategy is designing a larger omnichannel experience that makes grocery shopping more convenient, whether it’s through in-store or curbside pickup or delivery.
Aldi is also enhancing new and existing stores by implementing sustainable features such as rooftop solar panels. The company is also eliminating plastic bags and installing environmentally-friendly refrigerators.
The company said it has secured more EPA GreenChill store certifications in 2020 and 2021 than all U.S. grocery retailers combined.
“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, CEO, Aldi U.S., in a statement “Our growth is led by our customers, and they continue to want more Aldi locations coast-to-coast.”