Discount grocer Aldi Stores said Wednesday it has plans build a regional headquarters and warehouse in Royal Palm Beach and hire more than 100 workers.
Aldi also said it plans to open new stores in South Florida, including 20 stores in Palm Beach County, creating a total of 520 retail jobs.
The $50 million construction project will also create as many as 400 construction jobs, said Village of Royal Beach Beach manager Ray Liggins. The warehouse will be on a 70-acre property bordered by Royal Palm Beach High School near State Road 7.
Aldi has been expanding in South Florida in recent years, adding stores in Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Pembroke Pines, Lauderdale Lakes, Coral Springs and Tamarac.
Palm Beach County was competing with Broward and Miami-Dade counties for the Aldi warehouse, said Kelly Smallridge, president of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. Aldi will receive property tax exemptions for seven years for its job creation, as well as $100,000 in training assistance grants.
The German grocer announced plans to open 80 stores this year. There are more than 1,000 Aldi stores in 31 states, from Kansas to the East Coast.
For consumers, the store chain says it saves shoppers money with 1,400 grocery items under its own brand. Aldi shoppers must pay for either paper or plastic, encouraging people to bring their own bags. Shopping carts require a 25-cent deposit, which is refunded once the cart is returned.
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