A German discount grocer is buying up land in the Grand Canyon State — but not to open stores.
Aldi is planning to open a regional fulfillment center in Goodyear, Arizona. The facility will house an office and distribution center, and will create 132 jobs, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.
Aldi is purchasing 27 acres of land from Goodyear for $3.6 million, and another 42 acres from developer Sunbelt Holdings. The facility is expected to open by 2020, although the timeline could change, the report said.
The new facility is positioned to support Aldi’s aggressive nationwide store expansion. With plans on becoming the third-largest American food retailer by store count, behind Walmart and Kroger, Aldi said it plans to invest $3.4 billion to open 900 stores by the end of 2022, giving it 2,500 stores nationwide.
The grocer currently operates approximately 1,600 stores in 35 U.S. states. Earlier this year, Aldi announced it would invest $1.6 billion to remodel 1,300 of its stores by 2020.
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