Aldi Food Market is planning a major expansion of its Haines City distribution facility to serve its growing footprint in Central Florida.
Matt Thon, Aldi Haines City Division vice president, told GrowthSpotter the expansion "will allow us to continue delivering the highest quality groceries that customers know and love to all existing and future Aldi stores in the area."
The distribution facility currently services 70 Aldi stores in the region.
Aldi filed plans last week with the Southwest Florida Water Management District for a 201,000-square-foot addition to the facility at 2651 Scenic Highway. That represents a 42 percent increase in square footage to the facility, which now has an assessed value of $21.7 million.
When completed, the facility would have 694,430 square feet.
The German discount grocer has recently introduced a new, larger floorplan to its stores with more emphasis on fresh produce, dairy and baked goods. The warehouse addition will include approximately 100,000 square feet of new refrigerated space.
Aldi's corporate office announced an ambitious plan earlier this month to add 900 new stores in the U.S. over the next five years, with a goal of making it the third largest grocer in the country.
The company currently operates 16 stores in Greater Orlando, including a new store in Eustis that opened in late 2016. The grocer filed a Development Plan in late May in Orange County for a new store on Curry Ford Road.
The company should also break ground before year's end on a fifth Osceola County store and second on Kissimmee's W192 corridor in the Cane Island Shopping Center.