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•  Aldi said yesterday that it "plans to open approximately 150 new stores and remains on track to become the third-largest U.S. grocery retailer by store count by the end of this year … As ALDI expands in the Southeast, the company will count Louisiana as its 38th state of operation when it welcomes shoppers to its Lafayette store on Feb. 10. ALDI plans to open two more Gulf Coast stores in early March, along with 20 additional stores throughout the region by year-end."

In addition to opening new stores, the company said, it "will increase access to convenient online shopping options. The company will expand its Curbside Grocery Pickup offering from 1,200 to 1,500 stores by the end of the year to make shopping quick and easy for customers."

And, Aldi said, "to support its growth in the area," it will "open a new 564,000-square-foot regional distribution center in Loxley, Alabama later this year. The facility will eventually support as many as 100 new stores throughout Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle."