Aldi opens a new supermarket in Chesterton Thursday.
The German discount grocery chain is pursuing "an aggressive expansion plan," opening 100 more stores across the United States this year. The company, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the United States, is investing more than $5 billion in building new and remodeling existing stores.
Aldi now has 2,000 supermarkets in 37 states, serving millions of customers a day. It's on track to become the third-largest grocery retailer by number of locations by the end of next year.
Its latest Northwest Indiana supermarket will open at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at 750 Indian Boundary Road in Chesterton. Aldi will give away quarter keychains and eco-friendly bags to celebrate.
“ALDI is one of America’s fastest-growing retailers because we offer a convenient shopping experience for affordable, on-trend and sustainable goods,” said Heather McCarthy, Valparaiso regional vice president for ALDI. “We have served this community for over 25 years and look forward to continuing to offer Chesterton residents high-quality, fresh foods and low prices in every ALDI aisle, every day.”
Most ALDI stores are just 12,000 square feet, far smaller than traditional grocery stores. A quarter is required to remove a shopping cart from the corral to ensure it will be returned, cutting down on the need for staff and the cost of overhead.
The stores are stocked with food and household essentials, typically many in-house private labels instead of name brands. About 90% of the products it stocks are exclusive to its stores, which it says enables it to offer low prices.
The company is expanding curbside pickup around the country. It plans to offer the service at 500 more stores, or 1,200 total, by year's end.
The Chesterton store will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, visit shop.aldi.us.