The Winn Dixie supermarket on McFarland Boulevard in Northport will shut down for about six months in order to convert to an ALDI.

Staff were informed of the changes in an email earlier this week - the existing store will close next month and the conversion process is expected to take about six months.

As the Thread previously reported, ALDI acquired Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket from Southeastern Grocers last August and committed then that no stores would close, but some would convert to the ALDI format.

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In March, ALDI announced plans to add 800 stores across the United States by the end of 2028, and converting old Winn Dixies is a core part of that plan.

"In addition to organic growth through new store openings, a significant number of Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarkets will convert to the ALDI format over the next several years," ALDI said in a press release this spring. "Starting mid-summer, ALDI will begin a phased approach to the store conversion process. ALDI anticipates that approximately 50 stores will begin the conversion process during the latter half of 2024, with the majority of these stores reopening as ALDI in 2025."

ALDI said a "meaningful" amount of Winn Dixie stores will continue to operate and the McFarland store is the only one currently slated for conversation.

“With the acquisition of Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarkets, ALDI will serve even more communities in the Southeast, bringing us closer to our customers in a region where we’ve already experienced significant demand for affordable, quality groceries,” said ALDI CEO Hart. “As we look ahead to this next chapter in our company history, both the ALDI and SEG teams will play a critical role in driving the business forward for our future collective success."

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