An ALDI discount grocery store is coming to Martinez.
The store will be at 227 Bobby Jones Expressway, said Thom Behtz, the division vice president of ALDI.
The store could open before year’s end, but ALDI was unable to confirm an exact date.
The facility will be a new building, he said. That address is the former location of Golden Corral, which built a new restaurant next door.
Demolition of the old building will begin in two weeks, Behtz said.
This will be the second ALDI store in the area. ALDI also has a store at 2510 Whiskey Road in Aiken, which opened in 2009.
ALDI stores have a staff of about 10 employees, Behtz said.
Batavia, Ill.-based ALDI has nearly 1,000 stores in the U.S. The stores carry 1,400 regularly stocked items, which are mostly private-label brands. ALDI sells produce, meat and grocery items. The discount grocery store chain offers items for up to 50 percent less than the competition, according to its Web site.
ALDI is able to keep prices low because it keeps shopping carts stored in one place and doesn’t spend money on staff to retrieve carts. Customers put in a quarter to obtain a cart, and they get their quarter back when they return it.
Also, ALDI only accepts cash and debit and Electronic Benefit Transfer cards to avoid credit card processing fees. In addition, shoppers bring their own bags to pack their purchases.