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Aldi Seeks South Florida DC: Report

BATAVIA, Ill. — Discount grocer Aldi is seeking to build a distribution center in southern Florida to support its planned growth in the region, according to reports.

The chain, which has its U.S. headquarters here, is seeking to buy up to 50 acres of property to build a 750,000-square-foot facility, the South Florida Business Journal reported, citing real estate firm CB Richard Ellis. The company is seeking the open the facility by 2013, the newspaper said.

Aldi entered Florida in 2008 with a 25-store blitz and has since opened another 22 locations, according to the chain’s website. It currently serves those stores from a 500,000-square-foot distribution center and regional headquarters in Haines City, Fla., in the central part of the state.