One of Brevard’s favorite grocery chains is getting a major facelift this year.
Aldi is undergoing a $1.6 billion nationwide expansion, revamping stores, adding more space and, ultimately, offering more products. The changes call for expanded produce, meat, dairy and bakery sections as the company puts “a focus on fresh items,” a release stated.
There are six Aldi stores in Brevard: Palm Bay, Melbourne, Rockledge, Merritt Island, Cocoa and Titusville. Only the Melbourne and Titusville stores are part of this round of expansions, said Matt Thon, Haines City division vice president for Aldi. The Palm Bay store was “brought a new look” last year, he said.
Nationwide, more than 1,300 stores will be upgraded by 2020. Another 650 stores will be built, tacking on another $3 billion investment. Company officials have not announced if any of the new stores will be built in Brevard.
“We’re continuing to expand our fresh offerings, which means we need to provide more space for produce, meat, and bakery items,” said Aldi CEO Jason Hart, in a release. “We’ve also made a number of improvements to our products — such as removing added MSG, certified synthetic colors and partially hydrogenated oils from…