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Discount grocer ALDI coming to Martinez

Posted: July 19, 2012 - 3:42pm

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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.

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Great News

Have shopped at ALDI's in SC for years. So glad to see one come our way. Have used a lot of their "store brands" and found they are as good as brand names. A lot of people think this is a "discount" grocery store - well they are right. Not everyone in Columbia County can afford to shop at the big name stores. But I assure you, you won't be disappointed.




Oh finally! We have just moved here from Tennessee and we shopped at Aldi all the time. I have looked for a discount grocery store since being here. Walmart & Publix, Bi-Lo and even IGA are too expensive. I love Aldi's produce prices and all their store brands are just the exact same taste as name brands. Thank you for the great news. I can't wait to shop.

Butch & Kimberly