By Timothy Inklebarger
Source: Supermarket News

Discount grocery Aldi announced a long-term goal of investing $9 billion over the next five years to open 800 new U.S. locations.

The new stores will come in the form of new openings and existing store conversions, the Batavia, Ill.-based grocer said in a press release.

The rapid expansion plan includes the grocer’s pending purchase of Southeastern Grocers, owner of Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarkets banners, the company said.

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