A M King has partnered with ALDI U.S. to provide property consulting, design, and construction of ALDI’s new facility in Loxley, Ala. The 570,660-sq.-ft. divisional headquarters and distribution center will service more than 100 stores in southern Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and the Florida panhandle, which will mark the company’s presence in 38 states.
The grocery retailer, which opened its 2,000th store this past summer, is in the midst of a new wave of expansion that includes further development along the Gulf Coast. ALDI has invested more than $5 billion in a major national growth campaign over the last several years and increased its selection of produce, meats and organic options. The company has also ramped up its e-commerce offering with curbside grocery pickup, now available at 700 stores, and delivery in more than 10,000 zip codes, all without compromising its commitment to low prices.
ALDI currently operates more than 180 stores in Alabama and Florida, with four regional headquarters and distribution centers in the area. Within Alabama, a majority of the ALDI stores are located north of Montgomery. The Loxley project will signal the retailer’s first presence in Baldwin County.
ALDI and A M King partnership
“ALDI and A M King have a long and successful relationship,” says A M King Vice President of Operations Dan Crist. “A M King’s full property consulting services were instrumental to ALDI as the company was contemplating a Gulf Coast expansion. We were charged with site selection and due diligence and once the site was identified, ALDI and A M King immediately moved forward with design and construction of the facility.”
A M King worked in tandem with ALDI to determine adequate site infrastructure requirements for securing local economic development incentives. The property needed to be large enough, buildable and strategically located. Ultimately, A M King assisted ALDI in acquiring a 150-acre site just north of Interstate 10, located between Mobile, Ala. and Pensacola, Fla.
Development of this facility is a continuation of ALDI’s efforts to maximize the efficiency of their operations through facility design. There are several new elements that will be incorporated into the Loxley facility for efficiency, including:
- Use of insulated metal panels in lieu of concrete tilt or precast concrete exterior panels
- Optimum racking organization determined by product analysis from storage and flow perspectives
- First ALDI distribution center to utilize cross-docking services
- Large, unobstructed areas of glazing at the office, allowing all employees to have outdoor views
- Restrooms, locker rooms and maintenance for both ambient temperature, cooler and freezer employees housed in the central core of the building
In addition, there are several design components that will facilitate social distancing. The building layout is open and unrestricted by hallways so employees can have more separation as they move about. The circulation area at the main entrance lobby is a large two-story space that does not restrict the flow of employees entering or exiting the building. Lastly, A M King developed a 2,600-sq.-ft. outdoor, flexible workspace next to break rooms and open office areas, allowing workers the opportunity to separate themselves or provide a fresh air working environment when needed.
For more information, visit A M King’s website.