Aldi’s “aggressive expansion plan” across the United States will include opening its ninth grocery store on Long Island this month, the German discount retailer said.
The new store, which will open on October 21 at 855 Montauk Hwy. in Shirley, will be among 100 new Aldi stores to open in the United States in 2021, the retailer said in a statement on Monday.
“Aldi is one of America’s fastest growing retailers because we provide a convenient shopping experience for affordable, on-trend and sustainable products,” said Chris Daniels, regional vice president of the grocer at South Windsor, in the press release.
Aldi has leased 23,000 square feet of space from Shirley in the Floyd Harbor Retail Center, which is owned by the Damianos Realty group, said X. Cristofer Damianos, director of the Smithtown-based commercial real estate company.
Aldi is considered a limited-assortment grocer, like Trader Joe’s and Lidl, which means that its stores are generally smaller than traditional supermarkets, lack full-service meat and deli sections, and have a high percentage of brand names. distributer.
Over 90% of the products in Aldi stores are its own private labels.
Operating more than 2,100 stores in 37 states, Aldi is on track to become the third-largest grocery retailer in the United States by number of stores by the end of 2022, the retailer said.
The claim is confirmed by Jon Hauptman, senior director of Inmar Intelligence, a retail industry analysis firm in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The leading grocery chains in the United States by number of stores are Walmart, which has 3,570 supercenters; Kroger, which has 2,742 stores; and Albertsons, with 2,278 stores, he said. Aldi is currently in fourth place.
The Aldi in Shirley will continue the retailer’s push for local expansion.
Since entering the Long Island market in 2011, Aldi has opened eight local stores, including two last year: one at Green Acres Commons at Valley Stream – Nassau County’s premier grocer – and one at North Babylon Plaza.
The chain is also planning to open a store in part of a former Kmart space at Sayville Plaza on Sunrise Highway in Bohemia.
The Floyd Harbor Retail Center in Shirley was built in 2007.
The three-building, 64,000-square-foot mall has never had a grocery store, but its location makes it an attractive property, Damianos said.
“It’s probably one of the best places out there. Right at the intersection of William Floyd [Parkway] and Montauk Highway and… near a lot of housing. [It has] several access points, traffic lights, visibility, all excellent, ”he said.
The other tenants of the Floyd Harbor Retail Center are an AT&T store and Applebee’s restaurant.
In addition, Northwell Health has leased approximately 9,000 square feet in the mall for a planned facility, Damianos said.
The healthcare facility will be a multi-specialty practice whose services will include internal and family medicine, orthopedics, cardiology, urology and vascular surgery, said Jason Molinet, spokesperson for Northwell, the largest state health system.
The facility will employ around 40 people and is expected to open in the second quarter of 2022, he said.