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Discount grocer ALDI opening Jan. 31 in Martinez

Posted: January 14, 2013 - 3:07pm  |  Updated: January 14, 2013 - 3:09pm

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An ALDI discount grocery store will open at the end of the month in Martinez.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Jan. 31 at the store at 227 Bobby Jones Expressway. The store opens at 9 a.m. for guests to shop and sample ALDI brand products, according to a statement released Monday.

“We are pleased to bring our first store to Augusta to help customers get high-quality products at everyday low prices,” said Thomas Behtz, an ALDI division vice president, in the statement. “We challenge shoppers to switch from national brands to our high-quality exclusive brands and save up to 50 percent without compromising. As important as price is, the only way to attract and keep shoppers is to have quality products.”

The discount grocer will offer more than 1,400 store brand products including produce, meat and grocery items.

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 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.

The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit www.aldi.us.

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