Aldi sets date to open new store in Regency
Aldi will open its Regency area store — its seventh in Northeast Florida— on June 14 in a former Bed Bath & Beyond.
The Germany-based grocer will open at 9337 Atlantic Blvd., Unit 1, in the CB Square shopping center. It said in a news release Tuesday that it will host a ribbon-cutting at 8:25 a.m. on opening day and offer gift cards to the first 100 customers.
Store hours will be 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.
The build-out investment is at least $1.1 million. The store features the company’s updated layout that focuses on fresh food, produce, dairy and baked goods.
The city approved the build-out permit in November. Aldi is taking almost 26,000 square feet, according to a site plan for CB Square by The Shopping Center Group.
The new stores feature the chain’s “new look” of a modern design, natural lighting and an environmental focus on building materials, refrigeration and lighting.
They also feature new shelving and floor tiles, different wall graphics, more fresh produce, larger bakery and dairy sections and other enhancements.
The Regency area store is one of 11 Aldi stores open or planned in the area.
The grocer opened six stores in Northeast Florida and five more sites, including the Regency location, are identified.
Aldi has three stores open in Duval County — along Southside Boulevard, Normandy Boulevard and Town Center Parkway. Two more operate in Clay County and one is open in St. Johns County.
The five to open comprise four in Duval County: Regency in the Arlington area; Oakleaf Corner in Southwest Jacksonville; Mandarin in South Jacksonville; and in Parkway Shops in North Jacksonville.
The fifth is the first Aldi in Nassau County.
Aldi operates more than 1,750 stores in 35 states.
The chain said Tuesday the Regency expansion is part of a $3.4 billion investment to expand to 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022.
Aldi also is closer to opening its Oakleaf Corner location at Argyle Forest Boulevard and Old Middleburg Road.
Aldi wants to build an almost 21,000-square-foot grocery store at 9445 Argyle Forest Blvd. at a construction cost of $1.7 million, according to permit application filed recently with the city.
Cuhaci & Peterson of Orlando is the architect and Upham Inc. of Ormond Beach is the civil engineer. No contractor is listed.
The Aldi Haines City Division is developing the new stores.
“We’re committed to providing Jacksonville residents with a simply smarter shopping experience,” said Matt Thon, Haines City division vice president for Aldi, in a news release.
Aldi said each location is designed to save shoppers time and money, including a streamlined selection of product types; a 25-cent grocery cart rental that returns the quarter when the cart is returned; and a system in which customers bag their groceries.
Aldi also “sells random items on purpose,” such as chain saws in the spring and swimming pools in the summer.
Aldi said it is one of the fastest-growing retailers in the U.S. and will add 25,000 jobs in stores, warehouses and offices nationwide by 2022.