ALDI to establish headquarters in Dinwiddie, create 145 jobs at facility
DINWIDDIE, Va.– The grocer ALDI will invest $57 million to establish a division headquarters and 500,000-square-foot distribution facility in Dinwiddie County.
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create 145 new jobs.
“The decision by ALDI to choose Dinwiddie County as their division headquarters and distribution center is a wonderful testament to Virginia’s economic development assets and competitiveness,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The Commonwealth continues to be a top state for the retail and distribution industry, and I am pleased to welcome one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers to Virginia. This announcement is a significant win for Dinwiddie County and a great step forward in our efforts to diversify and build a new Virginia economy.”
Virginia is located within a 10-hour drive of over 50% of the U.S. population, which makes the Commonwealth a strategic location for companies’ distribution centers, pointed out Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.
ALDI operates more than 1,500 US stores in 34 states and serves more than 32 million customers each month.
They are considered one of the fastest growing retailers in the US. Currently, ALDI plans to operate nearly 2,000 stores by the end of 2018.
The grocer’s focus is “bringing high-quality, affordable groceries to 45 million customers nationwide.”
There are 32 ALDI stores in Virginia and ALDI plans to open up to 60 additional locations across the Commonwealth over the next five years.
“We’re proud to locate our new division headquarters and distribution center in business-friendly Virginia. The access to qualified and capable employees and transportation options first attracted us to this location, but it was the integrity and positive attitude of the Dinwiddie County leaders that truly won us over,” said Jason Hart, CEO, ALDI.
Governor McAuliffe approved a $450,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Dinwiddie County with the project.
The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $680,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds.
The company is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.