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Aldi Grand Opening photos and details

Posted January 23, 2015

Garner Aldi ribbon-cutting ceremony 1-22-2015

The new Aldi in Garner had their Grand Opening on Thursday, January 22.  As you can see from the photo, there were a lot of people waiting in line to shop at the new store!  Thankfully, they provided hot coffee and danish for everyone waiting.

The "Golden Tickets" they were handing out to the first 100 people were given away long before the store opened. Jessica Moore, a Smart Shopper blog reader and early morning Aldi shopper won $100 in Aldi gift certificates in her Golden Ticket! She had worked 12 hours the day before and was not sure if she wanted to get up and come to the opening. Obviously, she is very happy she did!  I also met Eloise who won a $25 gift certificate!

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at 9 am with various Aldi and Garner Town employees and Garner business representatives. Then shoppers filled the store to snag some great deals on fruit, veggies and more. There were so many people in line to get in that they had to limit the number of shoppers in the store at one time.

I spoke with Aldi District Manager, Stuart Wood about the new store.  He shared that Aldi offers a specialized niche for shoppers who want to save money and don't mind no-frills shopping.  When asked about future expansion plans in North Carolina, he said that they are considering the Apex and West Cary areas for 2016 and 2017. Right now they are expanding into Virginia with multiple stores going into the Richmond and Virginia Beach areas.

The new store has a fresh and open look. The high ceilings and multiple windows are both energy efficient and appealing.

If you live in the Garner area, check your mailbox for an Aldi coupon worth $5 off a $30 purchase. Some readers have reported getting the coupon in the mail this week.

You can see the deals in the Aldi ad for this week at the link above.

Store Details

Location: ALDI, 750 Timber Drive, Garner, NC 27529 ( at the intersection of Timber Drive and Aversboro near the CVS and Lowes Foods)

Garner Store Hours: 

9 AM to 8 PM Monday through Saturday

11 AM to 7 PM Sunday.

Aldi coupon, payment and store policies:

* ALDI does not accept manufacturer coupons.

* You will need to bring your own bags to bag your groceries. They do not provide any free bags.

* If you wish to use a grocery cart, you will need to deposit a quarter into the cart machine and you will get it back when you return the cart.

* ALDI accepts cash, debit and EBT cards. They do not accept credit cards and checks.

* ALDI stands behind the quality of their products with a Double Guarantee: If for any reason you are not 100 percent satisfied with a food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund your money.

“We look forward to introducing Garner shoppers to ALDI, where they can find the majority of their average weekly shopping list from our exclusive brand products – including fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and bakery items – for up to 50 percent less,” shares Scott Kornegay, Salisbury division vice president for ALDI. “We are committed to bringing ALDI customers the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices in a simple and easy-to-navigate shopping environment.”

According to the press release, the new store will have high ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally-friendly building materials – such as recycled materials and energy-saving refrigeration and light bulbs.  It will also offer a wide range of new, healthier options like organic produce, USDA Choice beef and the SimplyNature line of products, free of artificial colors, flavors or unnecessary enhancers. ALDI also recently introduced its liveGfree gluten-free product line. They have nearly 1,400 stores in 32 states. For more information about ALDI, visit www.Aldi.us.

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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 23, 2015

    thewayitis - I totally understand. Until this Garner Aldi opened up, I did not have easy weekly access to one either. Now I am pretty sure I will be there each week. Hopefully they will look at the Chapel Hill area (and the Clayton area!) when they start focusing on NC again in 2016.

  • thewayitis Jan 23, 2015

    Man, I wish Aldi would put a store in Hillsborough, or at least Chapel Hill. I've been shopping at Aldi for over 25 years, since I lived in Germany years ago. I hate having to drive to Durham to shop at Aldi, and they are usually sold out of the specials I want, even if I go the day after the ad comes out. The Aldi concept seems to be gaining a huge following in this area, and the population could easily support more stores. When the one in Durham first opened, it was easy to find all the specials and the store was always well stocked. Now so many people shop there that it is impossible to get many of the specials, even obscure ones like Wiener Schnitzel that only come out a couple of times a year. At least if we'd get a store in Hillsborough it would be easier for me to stalk it! :-)