ALDI CONFIRMS DULUTH LOCATION

Aldi will be setting up shop in Duluth. Finally.

Aldi officials confirmed last week that the company is in the final negotiations to build a free standing 19,000 square foot location in the Village Mall in Duluth Heights on a site that currently is surface parking for the mall.

If you're unfamiliar with Aldi, read our post here to learn just about everything you could want to know about the German based grocer that does things a little differently than similar businesses within the United States.

Current parking lot where the new Aldi location will be construction | CDINDULUTH

The new location in Duluth will be similar in design to the company's location that opened on Tower Avenue in Superior last fall. 1 story in design, the Duluth location will be around 19,000 square feet with 12,000 square feet of selling space, making it slightly larger than the Superior location.

Aldi would like to begin construction this fall with an opening planned for Summer 2017. While the company can confirm no additional stores are planned for Superior, they say a second Duluth location could be in store (literally) for the future.

This news comes on the heels of the announcement that PetSmart will open a 25,000 square foot location in the last remaining space at the Village Mall. The center will also receive facade upgrades to make all storefronts match along with an entirely new parking lot. You can read more about this announcement here.


 

Aldi in Superior plans November opening

If you've been eagerly awaiting for the opening of Aldi's first Twin Ports location, well, we have great news for you. November 12th is day that Aldi will celebrate their grand opening of their new Superior location at 4429 Tower Avenue. 

The opening of the Superior store will mark a milestone for the company who has yet to enter the Northland. Aldi currently has over 10,000 locations worldwide including 39 locations within Minnesota.

If you're unfamiliar with Aldi and are unsure how it could be different from a typical grocery store we suggest you look no further than here. Seriously, click the link and it'll be worth your time as it includes all the information your heart could ever desire about the shopping experience at Aldi.

HIRING FAIR

Love Aldi already? Why not work there? 

Aldi will be hosting a hiring fair TODAY from 8am-9am and 11am to 4pm at the Workforce Center in Superior. The address for that location is 1805 North 14th Street #1, Superior, WI 54880. If you can't make it today don't worry as there will be another hiring fair on September 14th (next Monday) from 11am to 4pm.

Aldi is looking to hire at least 15-20 people including both full-time and part-time positions. Applicants must be 18 years of age in order to apply.

Store Interior | Aldi

SUPERIOR IS JUST THE START

While Aldi is close to opening their doors in Superior it doesn't mean that the company will check the Twin Ports off their list just yet. Currently the company is scouting for a Duluth location but has yet to find the right fit. Superior along with their future Duluth location most likely won't be where the company stops.

You can expect to see additional locations for Aldi in the Northland over the coming years. Most likely multiple locations will open in the Duluth area and logically a location would also open in the Cloquet area. And then there's the Iron Range and North Shore...

Aldi tends to locate their store locations within all sizes of communities and within Minnesota the company has proven that no city is too small for an Aldi.


WHAT'S THE BIGGER SIGNIFICANCE? 

While we couldn't be more excited for Aldi to open their doors in the Twin Ports, there's a bigger underlying factor that is stirring some excitement within the Twin Ports. If you're aware of Aldi and their parent company, then you're aware that there isn't JUST Aldi.

Oh no, Aldi has a sibling and their name is Trader Joe's.

Trader Joe's currently is found only within the United States, with a good amount of those locations being in California. The company currently has 418 stores while their parent company Aldi Nord has 4,400+ store across the globe. Their sister company Aldi Sud currently has 5110 locations giving a grand total for the two sides of the company (which really in the end is just one big company) of 10,370 worldwide. That's a whole lot of Aldi locations.

SO WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Well, something that has been on the wishlist for Duluthians for quite sometime is for a Trader Joe's location to open up here in the Twin Ports. Heck, there's even a Facebook page devoted to the topic (we promise we didn't start it). American's go crazy for Trader Joe's and the Northland is not immune to this craze.

The reason is due to the company's wide array of organic products and environmentally friendly products, many of which are sold under Trader Joe's own private label. The grocery stores tend to carry around 4,000 items and typically are between 8,000 and 12,000 square feet in size.

With Aldi opening in the Twin Ports it means the parent company (Aldi Nord) is aware of the Northland. It also means that a Trader Joe's could potentially not be far down the road (literally...no pun intended). After all, the older sibling always tests the waters before their little sibling enters.

For more information on Aldi please visit their website here and as always make sure to check back to CDINDULUTH for all the latest in development news within the Twin Ports!

 

Aldi still planning Twin Ports locations... but where?

We all know Aldi is coming, but when? And where? And why do we not know more information? Well, that's because CDINDULUTH is here to tell you more.

We originally reported on Aldi's potential plans to come to the Twin Ports in January of last year. We were quite excited to be able to break the news in December that Aldi was indeed planning at least two Twin Ports locations to open within the next year. However, it's March now and things seem to have been "hush hush" for quite sometime now. So then what exactly is going on with Aldi and the Twin Ports?

The German based low cost food market has been scouting the Duluth area as a new market for a few years now. On January 16th the company held interviews for positions for the new store locations and were looking for quite a few management positions and training for those Twin Ports locations was said to have begun last month. That still doesn't solve the store locations problem. So come on CDINDULUTH, for crying out loud TELL US WHERE THEY ARE GOING!

We been in contact with Spencer Shimmel, director of Real Estate for the Fairbault division of Aldi, about the new locations. "Nothing is guaranteed in these markets" as of yet he told us. It's not that the company is still contemplating if they should enter the market, but as Andrew said Aldi is still "investigating" where in the Twin Ports is the best fit for them.

Now things are quite matching up if you've been following some of the news on Aldi regarding the Twin Ports. Fox 21 noted back in December that Aldi had selected a site in front of Menards on Tower Avenue to construct a new 18,000 square foot food market (we call them grocery stores). Yet those plans still have not been confirmed by Aldi corporate officials (trust us we;ve tried to get it out of them) and it seems the company is keeping quite secret on the topic.

Does it mean that the news isn't true? Well, not quite. To be honest it's a perfectly logical site for Aldi in Superior. It's on a busy road, there's a plot ready for development, it's next to a big box retailer who draws many customer types, plus it's on the edge of town meaning its accessible to both city dwellers and those who live outside the city. So what are we saying? It's probably correct that Aldi will in fact build a store location on Tower Avenue. But is it confirmed? No.

Well that's great for Superior, but what about Duluth? Things still remain under wraps regarding the Duluth location. We have yet to really hear any details on where Aldi may potentially locate in Duluth. Logical places include quite a number and it's evident that the company most likely will open multiple locations within the city.

Our personal site contenders for an Aldi location include one that is near the Miller Hill Mall possibly near Sam's Club by the new Mills Fleet Farm development where the are plentiful sites ready for development and high traffic counts. Another site that might suit Aldi well is the former Save-A-Lot space in West Duluth. Other sources have said Aldi is looking at locating near UMD in the Woodland Area. The only place we can think of is the Bluestone development and personally we hope to see a Trader Joe's there one day (remember it's part of Aldi's family).

When all is said and done you can rest assured on two things. The first is the Aldi is still coming to the area. The second is that CDINDULUTH will be right here to let you know all the latest in Aldi development news... and... well Twin Ports development news too!

Could grocery retailer Aldi soon call Duluth home?

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We imagine them almost to be like the Ikea of grocery retailers... except their name is Aldi (short for Albrecht Discount) and their about the 20th of the size. Technically listed as a "global discounted super-market chain," the company has over 9,000 locations across the world and last year alone posted a revenue of over 70 billion dollars.

Now, you're probably thinking to yourself "how in the world could they have 9,000 locations and I've never heard of them?" Well, the majority of those locations are not found within the country in which you currently inhabit. They're a German company who got their start in 1913 and has been aggressively expanding ever since, recently working on their U.S. expansion. In the United States alone, Aldi now has over 1,300 stores in 32 states. The company states that they "take a simple, cost effective approach to grocery sopping." By doing so they are able to create a shopping experience that "fundamentally saves shoppers on their grocery bills at checkout." And let's be honest, everyone likes to save a little bit of money... or a lot. 

So what makes Aldi so special you ask? Besides their INSANELY low prices that often save customers over 50% on their bill compared to their competitors; Aldi goes about doing business a little differently than most grocers. So here's a few of the most important things that we believe make Aldi your not so traditional supermarket, but rather one that will become your new go to place.

-They're only open during peak business hours... similar to Trader Joe's. That means when you have those late night grocery necessities, you'll still have to go to the super-grocers that never seem to close. But. that also means that they are able to keep their prices lower due to their lower operating costs.

-That cart you're driving... you'll need a deposit to get it in the first place. It's a way to lower prices. Pay a quarter to use a cart and the moment you return that cart you get that quarter back. It's all a measure to ensure that carts don't go missing... or traveling down the road for a head on collision with something much larger than the cart itself. Plus, that means there are never stray carts in the parking lot... meaning no cart attendants and even more so important, no dents to your vehicle. *Cough... SAVINGS.

-Where's the shopping basket? So... you have no desire to rent a cart because of the 25 cent fee. We understand. It all adds up at some point. Instead, grab an empty box from the shelf and use it as a makeshift basket. Aldi loves that. Why? Because you're helping clean up for the end of the night. These are quite the smart people.

-Those bags that hold your groceries... those aren't free either. Don't fret though. They only with set you back a few cents for a paper or plastic one. And let's be honest people, you should be using cloth bags if you're not already. Why? They're cleaner, greener, and ultimately cheaper in Aldi's case. Plus you're helping save the planet. Win. Win.

-Where are the brand names I've grown to love? No where. That's right. Aldi doesn't carry name brands. If you've been to Trader Joe's, than you'll understand this concept. Everything is "manufactured by many of the nation's leading food producers" and the products are ensured to surpass the quality of national brands.

-The Weekly Ads... no one has ever been so excited to get the paper. Don't throw that extra sheet of paper that came with that Sunday newspaper. That's the holy grail of newspaper ads. That's an Aldi ad. That's savings right there.

-Need to call Aldi? Good luck. They don't list their individual store phone numbers.. and with good reason. Aldi says that each store "typically has three to five employees in the store at any given time" that strictly are there to help customers and restock shelves. So if you have a question go on in and ask it... and buy a few items while you're there. Otherwise you can always call their friendly customer service line.

-Don't bring the credit card. That's right.. no credit cards or checks accepted. Every other form of payment however is... every current form of payment that is.

-Ready for the biggest fact of them all. It's going to blow your mind. When it comes to Aldi's company structure they are technically split into two different companies; Aldi Sud and Aldi Nord. Aldi Sud in the U.S. is known for their Aldi stores... otherwise Aldi Nord is known for their Trader Joe's locations. Yes. You read correctly. Aldi technically owns Trader Joe's. Now you understand why we hinted at Trader Joe's earlier...

Newest Aldi Prototype, image from The Grocery

Newest Aldi Prototype, image from The Grocery

So why in the world are we making such a big deal about Aldi of the sudden. Besides the fact that it's truly a great a place to shop at (and you should know that know from the lengthy details above); the whole brand may be getting far closer to the Duluth area... closer than the over 20 locations in the Twin Cities area. Over the past few months we have a few different sources coming to us saying that Aldi is preparing to enter the Duluth market. We took note of it and began to research into the topic. Eventually we got in touch with Aldi's corporate office and below is what we found out.

Our sources told us that Aldi is planning on opening two to three locations in the Duluth market within the next two years. When approaching their development team we were forwarded to officials who knew more about the specific expansion plans for the area. The response we got back wasn't the exact one we were hoping for, but it solidified our beliefs in the chain entering the Duluth market. Officials said that "at the moment, nothing has been confirmed" regarding a specific location for a store. However, it can be confirmed that the company is interested in locating in the Duluth market and is actively looking for sites.

What does this mean? If Aldi comes... does it mean that Trader Joe's won't be far behind? Or does it mean that Aldi could be looking to open both an Aldi and a Trader Joe's location within the first few locations in the area? We've been hearing more and more about Trader Joe's getting ready to also enter the Duluth market, even from Trader Joe's workers themselves. So it would make sense wouldn't it?

We're still in talks with the development team and will be sure to let you know when we find out more details. Until then... think happy... low cost... grocery thoughts.