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German grocery chain ALDI swallows Florida based Winn-Dixie

Aldi has agreed to purchase the parent company of Florida-based grocery store Winn-Dixie and plans to convert many locations into the ALDI format, Southeastern Grocers Inc. have announced.

German grocery chain ALDI swallows Florida based Winn-Dixie

It looks like its the end of the road for Florida based grocery store Winn-Dixie, as international grocery giant ALDI has agreed to purchase around 400 Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket stores across the southeast US, with around 75% of stores here in Florida, including stores here in Orlando.

Retail stores in Mississippi, Floria, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Alabama will be purchased in a deal with the two firms' parent company Southeastern Grocers, expected to be completed in 2024. ALDI CEO Jason Hart said it was the "right time to build on our growth momentum."

The acquisition continues the growth of ALDI in the U.S., "Like ALDI, Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket have long histories and many loyal customers in the Southeast and we look forward to serving them in the years to come," CEO Hart continued.

In addition to purchasing these stores, ALDI plans to add 120 new stores nationwide this year to reach a total of more than 2,400 stores by year-end.

Despite many retailers shuttering stores due to economic conditions, ALDI is doubling-down on expansion plans, supporting its position as one of the fastest-growing grocers in the country.

"This merger agreement is a testament to our successful transformational journey and the tireless work of our dedicated associates who serve our communities," said Anthony Hucker, President and CEO, Southeastern Grocers. "ALDI shares our vision to provide exceptional quality, service and value - and this unique opportunity will evolve our business to benefit our customers, associates and neighbors throughout the Southeast."

"ALDI will operate Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket stores with the same level of care and focus on quality and service, as we also evaluate which locations will convert to the ALDI format to better support the neighborhoods we'll now have the privilege of serving," added Hart. "For those stores we do not convert, our intention is that these continue to operate as Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket stores."

The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2024, subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

German grocery chain ALDI swallows Florida based Winn-Dixie

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