A new Aldi grocery store that methodically has been taking shape in recent months at a site off U.S. 601 in Mount Airy will soon be ready for business.
The supermarket, located at 1215 State St. behind KFC, is scheduled to open on June 14 to fanfare including a ribbon-cutting and a Golden Ticket giveaway offering gift cards to the first 100 customers.
In addition to providing area residents what Aldi officials call a “faster and easier grocery shopping experience,” the store operated by the German discount chain will include new jobs.
A typical Aldi store employs 15 to 20 people, according to Krysta Cearley, vice president for Aldi’s Salisbury division.
The supermarket also will breathe new life into the site of the former Gaunce’s Cafeteria, which sat dormant after the cafeteria closed in 2009 until last year.
Aldi Inc. broke ground for the new 21,000-square-foot grocery store in December, and on Friday crews were putting final touches on the construction and performing cleanup tasks in preparation for it being stocked with merchandise.
The official grand opening on Thursday, June 14, will be celebrated with an 8:25 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Aldi, with the Golden Ticket giveaway planned afterward.
Shoppers also can sample Aldi-exclusive-brand foods and enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a year’s supply of Aldi produce.
The Mount Airy store’s modern and convenient layout will be focused on in-demand items led by fresh food, produce, dairy and baked goods, according to information provided by Cearley.
Aldi supermarkets also feature open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials. The local store will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The chain is known for innovations, which it says simplify operations and saves customers money, including 25-cent grocery cart rentals and asking shoppers to bag their own groceries.
Aldi also specializes in “streamlined selection” designed to remove the guesswork from shopping to save time. Stores don’t carry two dozen types of ketchup, Cearley mentioned as an example, with the focus on carrying the best options at the best prices.
The chain claims to make the hottest food trends affordable.
“We’re committed to providing Mount Airy residents with a simply smarter shopping experience,” Cearley said.
Aldi, which is short for Albrecht Discount, was founded by two German brothers in 1946 and the supermarket chain now operates more than 10,000 stores in 18 countries.
Earlier this year, Aldi announced an aggressive plan to ramp up U.S. expansion, with a goal of 2,500 stores by the end of 2022, which includes the new outlet in Mount Airy. The local expansion is part of a $3.4 billion investment.
With this growth, Aldi will be the third-largest grocery store by count in the U.S.
As part of the company’s expansion plans, Aldi is adding 25,000 jobs in stores, warehouses and offices nationwide by 2022.
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