Aldi, an Illinois-based grocer, will open its first store in Yulee, Florida, as part of a $3.4 billion investment to expand to 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022.
To celebrate the store opening, Aldi will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 29 at 8:25 a.m., followed by its Golden Ticket giveaway, offering gift cards to the first 100 customers.
Shoppers also can enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a year’s supply of Aldi produce on Friday, Aug. 30, and sample Aldi-exclusive brand foods on Sunday, Sept. 1.
“We strive to make grocery shopping an enjoyable experience. We combine great food with affordable prices, and we are excited to open our first store in Yulee, to show a new community of shoppers what we do best,” said Matt Thon, Haines City division VP for Aldi. “We pride ourselves on saving people time and money, and we can’t wait to provide Yulee residents with a grocery store that meets their needs.”
The new Yulee Aldi store layout features expansive refrigeration space to accommodate the fresh, healthy and convenient products people want most. Aldi recently expanded its product offerings, making 20 percent of its total selection new. This expansion is part of the company’s aggressive national growth and remodel plan, and it includes a 40 percent increase in its fresh food selection, with many organic, convenient and easy-to-prepare options.
Aldi stores also feature open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials. The new location will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
With stores designed to save shoppers time and money, Aldi carries a streamlined selection of exclusive products and national brands, which removes guesswork from shopping and enables customers to find exactly what they need.
Aldi has launched a partnership with online grocery delivery service Instacart. The service is available at locations where Instacart currently delivers, which covers 6,000 ZIP codes across 38 states, making it accessible to 70 percent of U.S. households.
Known for offering market-leading wages and health insurance, Aldi is one of the fastest-growing retailers in the U.S., creating new opportunities for people locally and nationwide. The chain is adding 25,000 new jobs in stores, warehouses and offices across the country by the end of 2022. Aldi was named to the Forbes list of “America’s Best Large Employers” five years in a row and recognized as a 2019 and 2018 Indeed Best Places to Work: Compensation and Benefits.