aldi future in dunnellon

An ALDI store in Gainesville. The discount grocer chain expects to open a store in Dunnellon this year.

An ALDI supermarket store is set to open in the Dunnellon Plaza near the Dollar Tree sometime in 2021.

An ALDI representative confirmed the plans, though was unable to give a specific date. An application on behalf of the German-based discount grocer chain has been approved by the City, and a permit is pending a contractor selection.

“We are excited to open our first store in Dunnellon this year, however we do not have specific timing details to share at the moment,” said Matt Thon, Haines City division vice president for ALDI.

Thon said the company expects to employ 15 to 20 people at the store upon its opening. Those interested in employment can visit careers.aldi.us.

KW Realty Fund II, LLC recently poured $2 million of upgrades into the shopping center after its purchase of the plaza in 2018, and soon welcomed Dollar Tree.

ALDI is a fast-growing chain in the U.S. and Florida, with more than 2,000 stores across 37 states, including more than 160 in Florida. Thon said it expects to become the third-largest grocery retailer by store county by the end of 2022.

There are currently three ALDI locations in Marion County, the nearest being the site along SW State Road 200 next to Lowe’s in west Marion County.

Thon said the company had no information to share about a potential ALDI store opening in Williston. A development is underway at the site of the old Williston High School, where a Popeye’s will soon open this year.