Medina ALDI store opens with a flourish

ALDI management and employees gather for the ribbon cutting of their new store on Medina on Dec. 17. Pictured are (left to right) Director of Operations Andra Davis, Store Associate Jocelyne Awaijane, Store Manager Katie Stately, Manager Trainee David Lenart and District Manager Matthias Plock. (Photo courtesy of ALDI)
ALDI management and employees gather for the ribbon cutting of their new store on Medina on Dec. 17. Pictured are (left to right) Director of Operations Andra Davis, Store Associate Jocelyne Awaijane, Store Manager Katie Stately, Manager Trainee David Lenart and District Manager Matthias Plock. (Photo courtesy of ALDI)

Medina now has a store designed strictly as a supermarket.

ALDI hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration on Thursday, Dec. 17 at its new store, located on the south east corner of Sioux Drive and Highway 55 (kitty corner from the Holiday Stationstore on County Road 101 North).

Shoppers lined up outside the store as ALDI management cut the ribbon. Once doors opened, the public toured the store and sampled house brands. The first 100 shoppers each received a golden ticket, containing ALDI gift certificates of various amounts. Customers also entered an on-site sweepstakes for a chance to win a year’s supply of ALDI produce.

ALDI hosted a similar celebration, when the company opened a new store in Blaine on Dec. 10. The newest locations are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

“We look forward to introducing Blaine and Medina shoppers to ALDI, where they can find the majority of their average weekly shopping list from our exclusive brand products – including fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and bakery items,” said Matt Lilla, Faribault division vice president for ALDI.

Customers look over the produce section during the grand opening of the new ALDI store in Medina on Dec. 17. Organic produce is in the foreground. (Photo courtesy of ALDI)
Customers look over the produce section during the grand opening of the new ALDI store in Medina on Dec. 17. Organic produce is in the foreground. (Photo courtesy of ALDI)

“We are committed to bringing ALDI customers the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices in a simple and easy-to-navigate shopping environment.”

Both stores feature high ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally-friendly building materials – such as recycled materials and energy-saving refrigeration and light bulbs – designed to help customers have a shopping experience that is simple and easy to navigate.

In addition to the stores’ new look, ALDI is bringing shoppers a wide range of new, healthier options such as organic produce, USDA Choice beef and the SimplyNature line of products, free of artificial colors, flavors or unnecessary enhancers. ALDI also recently introduced its liveGfreeTM gluten-free product line.

ALDI says that customers can expect to find the most commonly purchased items sold under ALDI exclusive brands for prices up to 50 percent less than traditional supermarkets. To ensure its exclusive brands meet or exceed the national brands on taste and quality, ALDI conducts rigorous testing on all products. The company guarantees that, if for any reason, a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with a food product, ALDI will replace the product and refund the customer’s money.

Customers look over the produce section during the grand opening of the new ALDI store in Medina on Dec. 17. Organic produce is in the foreground. (Photo courtesy of ALDI)
Customers look over the produce section during the grand opening of the new ALDI store in Medina on Dec. 17. Organic produce is in the foreground. (Photo courtesy of ALDI)

ALDI eliminates overhead costs through smart practices, such as a cart rental system, through which shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart. Shoppers receive the quarter back upon the cart’s return.

Other cost-saving practices include a smaller store footprint, open carton displays and encouragement of customers to bring their own shopping bags.

ALDI operates nearly 1,500 stores in 32 states.

Compiled by Susan Van Cleaf. Contact her at [email protected]