Local food shoppers will have another option beginning July 18 when Batavia, Ill.-based Aldi Inc. opens at 1706 McMahon Road, the site of the former Altoona Alliance Church.
Aldi will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by sampling of Aldi exclusive brands, tours of the store and shopping.
Customers can expect to find more than 1,400 items sold under Aldi exclusive brands for prices up to 50 percent less than traditional supermarkets.
Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec
The new Aldi food market will open July 18 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. The store is located at the former site of the Altoona Alliance Church.
Aldi reduces overhead costs by offering such practices as a cart rental system, through which shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart and get it back upon the cart's return. Other cost-saving practices include a smaller store footprint, open carton displays and encouraging customers to bring their own shopping bags.
Business hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Aldi operates more than 1,200 U.S. stores in 32 states, primarily from Kansas to the East Coast. The company opened 75 stores in the United States last year and plans to open more than 80 this year.