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As published in Toledo Business Journal - November 1, 2017

ALDI’s fresh produce in redesigned area

ALDI’s fresh produce in redesigned area

ALDI investing $14M to upgrade area stores

Nine locations in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan being renovated

ALDI is in the process of renovating some of its stores in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan as part of the company’s nationwide plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 US stores by 2020. The company is investing $1.6 billion in its stores across the country, with more than $14 million dedicated to enhancing stores in the area that include locations in Tiffin, Bowling Green, Holland, Sylvania, Toledo, Defiance, Findlay, Fremont, and Adrian, Michigan.

ALDI intends to remodel a total of nine area stores, with a goal of completing all remodels in the region by 2019. According to the company, the new ALDI store look delivers on its customers’ desire for a modern and convenient shopping experience with a focus on fresh items, including larger produce, dairy, and bakery sections. Remodeled stores will also feature a modern design, open ceilings, natural lighting, and environmentally-friendly building materials – such as recycled materials, energy-saving refrigeration, and LED lighting.

“It has been a pleasure to serve the Toledo area for nearly 25 years, and we’re pleased to invest more than $14 million in updating our local stores to better serve our existing and new customers,” said Corey Stucker, Hinckley division vice president for ALDI. “We know there’s only one way to attract and keep fans: continually providing the highest-quality products, while staying true to what our competitors can’t match – everyday low prices.”

In the last few years, ALDI has added a number of new product lines that include a growing organic selection, USDA choice meats, the liveGfree gluten-free product line, the SimplyNature line of products free from over 125 artificial ingredients and preservatives, and the Never Any! line of meats free from antibiotics, added hormones, and animal by-products.

According to the company, all ALDI exclusive brand food products are free of added MSG, certified synthetic colors, and partially hydrogenated oils. ALDI also provides a special guarantee: If for any reason a customer doesn’t like an ALDI exclusive brand food, ALDI will give them their money back and replace the product.

ALDI saves customers money, according to the company, by cutting overhead costs through certain practices, such as their cart system: ALDI shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart from the corral and receive the quarter back upon the cart’s return. Other cost-saving practices include a smaller store footprint, open carton displays, and encouraging customers to bring their own shopping bags.

According to officials, ALDI is in the midst of an accelerated growth plan, and by the end of 2018, there will be nearly 2,000 ALDI stores serving 45 million customers each month from coast to coast.