NWI Business Ins and Outs: Ramen District, Aldi, Artisan Popcorn and Paleta Store Opening and U-Haul Rental Locations | Northwest Indiana Business Titles

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Aldi is opening a new supermarket in Chesterton on Thursday.

The German discount grocery chain is continuing “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 stores and renovating existing stores.

Aldi now has 2,000 supermarkets in 37 states, serving millions of customers daily. It is on track to become the third largest grocery retailer by number of locations by the end of next year.

Its last supermarket in northwest Indiana will open Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at 750 Indian Boundary Road in Chesterton. Aldi will be donating key chains and eco-friendly bags to celebrate.

“ALDI is one of America’s fastest growing retailers because we provide a convenient shopping experience for affordable, trendy and sustainable products,” said Heather McCarthy, ALDI Regional Vice President in Valparaiso. “We have served this community for over 25 years and look forward to continuing to provide Chesterton residents with high quality, fresh food and low prices in every ALDI aisle, every day.”

Most ALDI stores are only 12,000 square feet, much smaller than traditional grocery stores. A shift is required to remove a caddy from the corral to ensure it will be returned, reducing the need for personnel and overhead.

Stores are stocked with essential food and household items, usually many private labels instead of well-known brands. About 90% of the products she stocks are exclusive to her stores, which she says allows her to offer low prices.

The company is expanding curbside pickup across the country. It plans to offer the service in an additional 500 stores, for a total of 1,200, by the end of the year.

The Chesterton store will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit shop.aldi.us.

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