BATAVIA, ILL. - After the opening of ALDI’s 2,000th store the retailer plans to open 70 more stores by the end of the year, with plans to enter the greater Phoenix market and to further Gulf Coast expansion with a new distribution center in Loxley, Ala. 

"Each new store is an opportunity to serve another community, which is an honor and responsibility we do not take lightly," said Jason Hart, chief executive officer of ALDI US. "As we continue to expand, we promise to do everything in our power to offer the lowest prices, every day, without exception. In fact, as food costs are rising across the country, we're lowering prices on hundreds of items to meet our customers' increased need for savings." 

Over the last several years the retailer has invested over $5 million in nationwide growth and increased its fresh food selection by 40% with a focus on new produce, meat and organic options, as well as easy to prepare foods, without compromising its commitment to low prices. ALDI is also expanding its curbside grocery pickup to 600 stores by the end of July.