News: German retailer Aldi officially started construction of its new 645,000-square-foot distribution centre in Royal Palm Beach in the US state of Florida on August 30. The distribution centre will be built on a 60-acre site, with construction likely to be concluded by January 2015, according to company vice president Chris Hewitt. The newly opened centre will employ 150 people. Distribution of fresh fruits and other Aldi products will span from Vero Beach in the north of the state to Sarasota in the west and to all Aldi outlets in the southern US, Hewitt said.
BMI View: The mass grocery retail (MGR) sector in the US is expected to reflect the wider trends in consumption and economic situation, with growth rates in the supermarket and hypermarket sector not expected to reach their 2002-2007 highs over our forecast period. This reduced level of growth can also be attributed to increased saturation in the 'big box' retail format, with reduced opportunities for the major players to expand. However, while mainstream retailers may find the next five years challenging, there are subsectors for which we forecast stronger growth, namely the discount and convenience formats.