LOXLEY — Tuesday was a big day for the city of Loxley and Baldwin County. The ALDI national headquarters and the sales center celebrated the grand opening.
ALDI Loxley Division Vice President Heather Moore said ALDI plans to make an impact on the local community and region.
“It’s been an amazing journey,” Moore said. “And we really appreciate that everyone came out to celebrate this milestone together. Well, at ALDI we really strive and we have a really big commitment to everyone we serve to provide the best quality product at amazing prices. And with inflation and rising food costs, I mean we all read the news, we know that. This message is more relevant now than ever.”
Two years ago, ALDI broke ground on the $100 million center. It’s the 26thth Regional facility for ALDI. Moore said the new facility would serve Alabama, Mississippi, the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana.
“The facility you see behind us will serve about 100 stores when fully expanded and that’s about 8 million citizens on the Gulf Coast and that’s a responsibility that I and my team take very, very seriously.” , sketched Moore .
ALDI opened 24 stores on the Gulf Coast last year and is on track to open 13 more this year.
Loxley Mayor Richard Teal spoke at the opening.
“This is an exciting day for Loxley,” Teal told the crowd. “Not long ago we were here in Loxley at a groundbreaking ceremony. Now we’re back to cutting the ribbon. The City of Loxley is incredibly proud that ALDI has chosen to place its roots in our Alabama community. Our community has grown rapidly and we are excited to welcome ALDI’s expansion alongside Loxley.”
Teal said the expansion into the city will create 100 jobs.
State Assemblyman Matt Simpson (R-Daphne) attended the event and told the crowd that it took a lot of teamwork to get to where the facility is today. He said state and local politicians worked with ALDI executives to make the project possible.
“I want to thank ALDI,” Simpson said. “I want to thank you for believing in us. I want to thank you for believing in Baldwin County. I want to thank you for putting your trust in us.”
Gov. Kay Ivey was scheduled to attend the event but canceled Tuesday morning due to fog.
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