SIOUX CITY — Aldi, a discount supermarket chain based in Germany, plans to open its first Sioux City store next year, a company official confirmed with the Journal Monday.
“We are currently planning on opening a new location in Sioux City in 2019,” said Matt Lilla, Faribault division vice president for Aldi.
“It is still too early in the process to confirm any other details at this time. We will be in touch as soon as more information becomes available,” Lilla said.
Although Lilla didn’t specify where the store would be located, one talked-about landing site is a vacant lot northeast of Outer Drive and Floyd Boulevard on the city’s north side. The developers of the Sunnybrook Village shopping center in Morningside also have reportedly been targeting a supermarket.
Entering the Sioux City market falls in line with the proclamation Aldi made last summer when it announced it was aggressively ramping up its expansion efforts in the United States.
The company plans to spend $1.6 billion to remodel 1,300 existing stores by 2020 and announced a $3.4 billion capital investment to expand to 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022.
At that pace, Aldi would become the third largest grocer by store count in the U.S., behind Wal-Mart and Kroger, and serve 100 million customers per month. The company would also hire 25,000 new employees to facilitate the growth.
One thing that helps Aldi stand out from other value groceries is its abundant selection of fresh produce and gluten-free products.
Additionally, Aldi offers fresh and sustainable seafood, specialty wines and cheeses, a few craft beers, organic items from its SimplyNature line, and its award-winning Little Journey baby products.
It was also the first grocery store to offer all of its exclusive products free of certified synthetic colors, added trans fat, and added monosodium glutamate or MSG.
Aldi, which traces its roots to 1946 and a small German store run by the Albrecht family, opened its first American store in 1976.
Currently, Aldi operates more than 1,600 stores in 35 U.S. states, including two recently opened locations in Sioux Falls.