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Aldi To Open 800 Discount Stores Across US Over 5 Years Amid Rising Grocery Bills

The expansion comes as a part of the discount grocer's $9 billion initiative.
Cover Image Source: The Aldi logo | Getty Images | Photo by Matt Cardy
Cover Image Source: The Aldi logo | Getty Images | Photo by Matt Cardy

Aldi, the European discount grocer, has revealed its ambitious plan to expand in the United States. Over the next five years, the German retailer aims to incorporate 800 of its discount grocery outlets, seizing the opportunity presented by inflation and escalating expenses, which are compelling cost-conscious American consumers to seek affordable options. 

Shoppers enter a branch of the budget supermarket retailer Aldi | Getty Images | Photo by Matt Cardy
Image Source: Shoppers enter Aldi | Getty Images | Photo by Matt Cardy

This expansion forms part of Aldi's $9 billion initiative. The company has finalized its acquisition of Southeastern Grocers, proprietor of the Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket brands, concurrently with this announcement.

Although the company has not disclosed specific locations for its new stores, it has outlined intentions to open approximately 330 stores in the Northeast and Midwest by the end of 2028. Furthermore, it has revealed plans to bolster its presence in the Western region by introducing additional stores in Southern California and Phoenix, as well as in cities like Las Vegas.

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Image Source: Photo by d3sign | Getty Images

Aldi's expansion coincides with the U.S. government's move to oppose the proposed $25 billion merger between supermarket chains Kroger and Albertsons. "Our growth is fueled by our customers, and they are asking for more ALDI stores in their neighborhoods nationwide," said Jason Hart, CEO of Aldi in a statement.

According to an AOL report, inflation has prompted a shift in American consumer shopping habits. This year, food prices have remained, on average, 19% higher compared to pre-pandemic levels. Consequently, Americans are actively seeking methods to reduce their expenditures.

The report indicates that individuals are opting to abandon name brands in favor of store-brand products and turning to discount retailers. Additionally, some are opting to purchase fewer non-essential items to mitigate costs.

Both consumers and the government have expressed resistance against price-gouging by companies and the phenomenon known as "shrinkflation."


The rise in grocery prices continues unabated, with the consumer price index (CPI) for all food items surging by 0.6% from December 2023 to January 2024, marking a 1.2% increase compared to January of the previous year, according to a Fortune report. Restaurant prices have soared by 5.1% compared to the same period last year.

In response to this ongoing trend, Aldi provides a viable solution, offering privately labeled products at more affordable rates along with enticing grocery discounts. The company's approach has resonated with consumers, who are increasingly embracing its streamlined product selection amidst escalating costs and inflationary pressures.

By predominantly featuring private-label items, a strategy akin to Costco's, Aldi manages to maintain significantly lower prices compared to retail giants like Walmart. This is achieved by eliminating intermediaries, allowing the discount grocer to pass on substantial savings directly to consumers.


Furthermore, the company provides a "twice as nice" guarantee of quality on all of its private-label products. The store promises to refund the money paid by customers in case they don’t like an ALDI-exclusive product.

"With up to 40% savings on groceries, new customers are inspired to try us out, and existing customers keep coming back. While price is important, we earn their loyalty by stocking our shelves with only the best products and offering a quicker, easier, and more enjoyable shopping experience," Hart told USA Today.