(Carl Cronan is editor of Real EstateFlorida.)

ORLANDO, FL-When Aldi Group began its expansion into Florida earlier this year, starting with 25 stores and a distribution center near Interstate 4, the German grocery chain wasn’t trying to time it with the current economic downturn. Yet its new stores stand to gain instantly from shoppers looking to stretch dollars on food and other necessities, as well as the availability of quality locations vacated by other supermarkets.

Ten of Aldi’s new stores are former locations of Albertson’s, Winn-Dixie and U-Save, all of which have scaled down or sold off stores in response to the tougher sales climate. Aldi plans to build another ten stores around the state, with five more opening in new shopping centers.

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