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Discount grocer Aldi remodeling and expanding 1,300 stores

Posted February 13

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ALDI has just announced an extensive plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 US stores by 2020.

This $1.6 billion investment is intended to make ALDI stores more welcoming for new and longtime ALDI customers.

They are making more room for a growing number of fresh items including fruits and vegetables (organics included), dairy and bakery, plus customers’ favorite ALDI products.

Remodeled stores will also have a modern design, open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials such as recycled materials, energy-saving refrigeration and LED lighting.

"We’re excited to share that we’re updating the ALDI store experience as part of our $1.6 billion nationwide plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 of our stores by 2020. With nearly 10 ALDI stores in the Triangle-area, we can’t wait to bring the new look of ALDI to shoppers who know and love us, plus new fans, as we make more room for a larger selection of fresh products, plus customer favorites like organics, gluten-free foods and premium baby items," said Krysta Cearley, ALDI Salisbury Division vice president.

In addition to the coming changes, recently ALDI has :

·      Launched Little Journey, the first exclusive line of ALDI baby products which includes everything from newborn diapers to training pants, cleansing wipes to gentle baby wash, formula to solid snacks.

·      Removed added MSG, certified synthetic colors and partially hydrogenated oils from all ALDI exclusive brand food products, which make up more than 90 percent of products sold in stores.

·      Started accepting credit cards – Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express – at all ALDI stores nationwide.

·      Opened its first stores in the eight southernmost counties of Southern California.

For additional details, see the press release on their website.

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  • Kathy S. Feb 13, 5:01 p.m.

    Many of the Gluten Free items are good too. I had been buying the multigrain gf non gmo chips from Costco at $6.99 for 24oz bag of Food Should Taste Good brand. Went to Aldi's the other day and they have Simply Nature brand gf and non gmo multigrain chips for $1.69 for a 9 oz bag. Making this a better deal, tastes almost identical and I don't have to have a membership. I also like the gf cereal bars and pretzels. The pretzels have no soy so no aftertaste.

    Aldi in Garner had chicken drumsticks for $.69/lb and then on the package there was $1 off. Made for a great bargain today.

  • ctya Feb 13, 1:54 p.m.

    Love the fresh organic offer of produce at an affordable price.

  • luvstoQ Feb 13, 11:55 a.m.

    Store in WF has been remodeled for awhile now - very nice! Mostly buy just produce/bagged salads there, but have been very pleased with the quality - understandably, the selections/variety are not always the greatest, but enjoy what I can.

  • lancej450 Feb 13, 11:06 a.m.

    these Stores are awesome!!

  • straitlover1965 Feb 13, 10:54 a.m.

    In anticipation of your spring/summer beach trips:

    Aldi is opening a store in North Myrtle Beach in the Lowe's (hardware not Lowe's Foods) Shopping Center. It is over by Tuesday Morning where Staples used to be. Not sure of the opening date, but it shouldn't be very long.

  • leeedmark3 Feb 13, 10:51 a.m.

    It's great that Aldi has plans to invest in the triangle stores. Just wish they would consider adding staff so that they can offer more than one check-out lane during all but peak times.

  • Dr D Feb 13, 9:56 a.m.

    Yay Aldi!