Our go-to discount grocery store is stepping up its game in a major way. We’re talking about beautifully remodeled stores and a serious inventory expansion (20 percent more goods than last year), all coming soon to an Aldi near you.
The grocer has announced plans to expand its store footprint up to 2,500 stores over the next four years, with an emphasis on suburban neighborhoods. That’s an investment of more than $5 billion, with the company’s growth projected to make it the third-largest grocer in the nation, following Walmart and Kroger.
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What Will the Expansion Change?
The effort is designed to appeal not only to its core budget-conscious shopping base, but also for people who want specialty and gourmet options. (Like the European cheese and surprisingly cheap whisky.)
The product expansion focuses on what I love best about shopping there—unheard of prices on high-quality meat, dairy and fresh produce. In fact, the grocer said 40 percent of its new additions will fill the fresh food cases, with an emphasis on more organic, vegan and vegetarian fare.
Aldi is also completing a total overhaul of its grab-and-go section. Look out for apple slices with peanut butter, single-serve tubs of hummus, charcuterie quality meats, cheeses and olives, as well as specialty drinks like strawberry kefir and kombucha. In addition, the grocer is expanding its private label milk selection, so you can stock up on non-dairy alternatives like coconut, almond and soy milk.
While you’re at Aldi, do not, we repeat, do not skip the housewares aisle. Seriously. That $59.99 stand mixer is only one of the reasons we take our time shopping this section of the store.