Get a look inside the new Aldi grocery store in Arroyo Grande
Low-cost grocery store ALDI is getting ready to open its second location in the central San Joaquin Valley.
The Hanford ALDI is scheduled to open 8 a.m. Thursday, May 2 at 1789 W. Lacey Blvd.
The international company appears to be inching its way north.
An ALDI store opened in Porterville late last year, and two stores opened in Bakersfield in recent years. ALDI has also signed a lease to open a store in Clovis at the northwest corner of Fowler and Herndon avenues in a former Fresh & Easy. No opening date has been set and the store is still under construction.
The supermarket is on a massive expansion kick, planning to open 900 new stores by the end of 2020. The German company has 1,800 stores in 35 states, and more than 7,600 worldwide.
In January, Andy Haussler, Clovis’ director of Community and Economic Development, said the chain had been looking for locations in the Fresno-Clovis area for about two years.
ALDI is a little different than other Valley grocery stores. It carries only the “weekly must-haves,” according to the company. That means its stores are smaller with lower rent and electrical costs — savings that are passed on to shoppers. The company says shoppers can save up to 50 percent on brands carried only at ALDI.
The store also handles grocery carts differently. Shoppers pay 25 cents to use a cart, and get the money back when the cart is returned. The stores average about 15,000 square feet – bigger than a Trader Joe’s but smaller than a traditional grocery store.
The Hanford store is the company’s 65th store in California. After a ribbon cutting ceremony, the store will hold a “Golden Ticket” giveaway offering gift cards to the first 100 customers. Shoppers can also enter a competition to win free produce for a year and sample ALDI brand products.