ALDI FILES PLANS FOR DULUTH STORE

Aldi in Superior, WI | CDINDULUTH

Aldi is moving forward with their plans for a new Duluth location.

The discount supermarket chain has filed their plans with the City of Duluth's planning commission for an 18,553 square foot freestanding location at the corner of Mall Drive and Mountain Shadow drive. The store would utilize the chains most recent "version 7.0 prototype" design.

Aldi announced their interest in the Duluth market nearly two years ago. Their first Twin Ports location opened at 4429 Tower Avenue in Superior last November and has been a great success. That success immediately had Aldi working on plans for a Duluth location. The chain says Duluth could even hold the possibility for more than one location in the future.

In Duluth Aldi will occupy a space at the Village Mall that is currently a parking lot in front of Hobby Lobby and Savers and adjacent to Grandma's Restaurant.

Right now the Village Mall shopping center is going through a renovation including a completely new parking lot, a new facade for Savers that will match Hobby Lobby's, and also the addition of a drive through drop off area for Savers. PetSmart also has plans to open at the center and is currentlyconstructing a 19,000 square foot store in the remaining Kmart space next to Hobby Lobby. That store is expected to open in Spring 2017.

More details on this exciting project will be made available soon.

 

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 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.