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ALDI grocery to open near Cedar Bluff in mid-2012

ALDI discount grocery is set to open a second Knoxville location off Kingston Pike near Market Place Boulevard in mid-2012.

“ALDI is a select assortment discount grocer that offers 95 percent of its own ALDI select brands,” spokesperson Heather Tarczan said.

“We offer more than 1,400 of the most commonly purchased items including fresh produce, meats and dairy at prices up to 50 percent less than traditional supermarket brands. As a select assortment discount grocer, ALDI keeps it simple and customers save,” she added.

That selective attitude about merchandise is what separates ALDI from other grocery stores, Tarczan said, and it’s what allows ALDI to discount its groceries.

ALDI also has other unique practices that keep costs low.

“ALDI eliminates overhead costs by offering smart and efficient practices, including a cart deposit system where shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart and get the quarter back upon the cart’s return,” Tarczan said.

“Not only does this prevent us from having to have employees chase down shopping carts but it also prevents cars from being damaged,” she added.

Other cost-saving practices include a smaller store footprint, open carton displays and use of only cash or debit cards.

“And we encourage customers to bring their own shopping bags, or they can buy them from us,” Tarczan said.

ALDI was founded in Iowa in 1976.  Today, there are more than 1,100 stores in 31 states, primarily from Kansas to the east coast.

“In 2008, we opened 80 new stores, 100 in 2009, and plan to open another 100 stores in 2010,” Tarczan said.

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The estimated 16,000-square foot grocery will be opened at the front of a 105-acre property at 9320 Kingston Pike. The back of the property will feature high-end apartments.

The property also is home to the historic Walker-Sherrill House, which will be preserved and renovated for commercial use.


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