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Two ALDI supermarkets are in development for Lancaster County.
Katherine Davis, spokeswoman for ALDI, said the discount supermarket chain is moving forward with two new locations in the county, one in Lancaster and the other in Indian Land.
“I’ve talked with the real estate director for where these stores are located and things are moving ahead,” Davis said.
The Lancaster store is under construction on 2.5 acres of land at Old Charlotte Highway and North Park Drive.
The 17,000-square-foot store will be located near Grinder’s restaurant and behind Bojangles’. It will feature 10,000 square feet of retail space and is expected to bring between 10 and 15 jobs to the area. ALDI employees who work more than 20 hours a week receive full medical and dental benefits and a 401-k.
Construction was originally scheduled to be completed by October, but Davis said the store is now scheduled to open in January 2010.
Plans had been held up because the S.C. Department of Transportation was still considering an entry and exit point off the S.C. 9 ramp that feeds into U.S. 521.
Davis said the Indian Land location is in its initial stages.
ALDI recently bought a site in Indian Land about 15 miles north of the city of Lancaster. The exact location of the site and store details have not yet been released, but Davis said ALDI is aiming for a summer 2010 opening.
These are just two of several stores ALDI plans to open in South Carolina.
Davis said the company chooses store locations in areas that are convenient for shoppers and also where ALDI “can grow with the community,” mainly in areas that are in close proximity to existing retail stores.
“The traditional supermarket shopper is a real target for us because we find that they have real ‘A’ha’ moments when they discover that they can fulfill 90 percent of their grocery shopping needs at ALDI while spending as much as 50 percent less on as good as or better products,” Davis said.
ALDI supermarkets offer private label brands and have almost 1,000 locations throughout the country. The stores entice customers with lower costs, which ALDI keeps down through a variety of ways.
ALDI charges customers a quarter for a shopping cart and only returns the money once the cart is returned to the store.
This is done to cut down on labor costs associated with collecting carts in parking lots. ALDI stores also charge for shopping bags, hoping to encourage customers to bring their own.
ALDI is an international grocery retailing industry, which began in the United States in 1976.
There are now approximately 1,000 ALDI stores in the United States. Stores are located in 29 states primarily from Kansas to the East Coast, serving more than 18 million customers each month.
For details about ALDI, go to www.aldi.us.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at email@example.com or at (803) 416-8416