September 30, 2023

ALDI has introduced it has entered right into a definitive settlement to amass Winn-Dixie supermarkets as half of a bigger divestiture of Southeastern Grocers to numerous entities.

The acquisition is alleged to incorporate the Winn-Dixie supermarkets at La Plaza Grande, Lake Sumter Touchdown and Pinellas Plaza in The Villages. ALDI has shops in Woman Lake, Trailwinds Village in Wildwood and Oxford. The ALDI deal additionally contains Harveys Supermarkets, that are headquartered in Georgia.

Jason Hart

“Like ALDI, Winn-Dixie and Harveys Grocery store have lengthy histories and lots of loyal clients within the Southeast and we stay up for serving them within the years to come back,” stated Jason Hart, CEO, ALDI. “The time was proper to construct on our progress momentum and assist residents within the Southeast save on their grocery payments. The transaction helps our long-term progress technique throughout america, together with plans so as to add 120 new shops nationwide this yr to succeed in a complete of greater than 2,400 shops by year-end.”

Regardless of many retailers shuttering shops because of financial situations, ALDI is doubling-down on enlargement plans, supporting its place as one of many fastest-growing grocers within the nation. The Southeast-focused acquisition contains roughly 400 Winn-Dixie and Harveys Grocery store places throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Winn-Dixie on Bichara Boulevard in The Villages was the unique grocery retailer in The Villages.
The Winn-Dixie at Lake Sumter Touchdown initially opened as a Sweetbay grocery retailer.
The Winn-Dixie at Pinellas Plaza was initially a Sweetbay grocery retailer and was a part of a sale to Winn-Dixie in 2014.

“This merger settlement is a testomony to our profitable transformational journey and the tireless work of our devoted associates who serve our communities,” stated Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers. “ALDI shares our imaginative and prescient to supply distinctive high quality, service and worth – and this distinctive alternative will evolve our enterprise to learn our clients, associates and neighbors all through the Southeast.”

ALDI first established its presence within the Southeast within the mid-Nineteen Nineties and since has invested $2.5 billion within the area. Most lately, ALDI deepened its roots within the area, opening its twenty sixth regional headquarters and distribution heart in Loxley, Alabama to assist help new shops, with plans to open 20 new ALDI places within the space by the tip of the yr. Southeastern Grocers established its presence within the area almost a century in the past. From the start, its commitments to the client, caring associates and high quality merchandise have made a profound affect within the Southeast.   

“ALDI will function Winn-Dixie and Harveys Grocery store shops with the identical stage of care and deal with high quality and repair, as we additionally consider which places will convert to the ALDI format to raised help the neighborhoods we’ll now have the privilege of serving,” added Hart. “For these shops we don’t convert, our intention is that these proceed to function as Winn-Dixie and Harveys Grocery store shops.”

The transaction is anticipated to shut within the first half of 2024, topic to regulatory approval and different customary closing situations.