An opening date has been set for the first Aldi stores to open in Arizona. The discount grocery chain, which has its U.S. headquarters in Batavia, Illinois, confirmed Monday that it will be opening its first Valley stores in Chandler and Goodyear on Nov. 5.
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Since November 2017, Aldi has been buying plots of land all over the Valley where it could build stores. It also purchased land in Goodyear for a distribution center and a regional office. According to county records, Aldi spent $35.8 million on 12 pieces of land in Maricopa County, as well as signed two leases for stores in Chandler and Scottsdale.
Back in July, Aldi, which was founded in Germany, said it would be opening the Chandler and Peoria locations first. Now it appears Peoria has been delayed and the Goodyear location has been moved up. The Chandler store is located at 2844 S. Alma School Road and the Goodyear store will be at 845 N. Estrella Parkway.
Opening new stores in Arizona is part of Aldi’s plan of becoming the third largest grocer in the country by the end of 2022.
“We’re thrilled to continue expanding in the Southwest, and we take great pride in reaching this milestone as we open our first Arizona stores,” said Tom Cindel, group director of operations and logistics for Aldi, in a statement. “Our aggressive growth plans have always been centered around providing as many people as possible the high-quality, affordable groceries they can count on every day.”
Aldi stores are notably smaller than some of the Valley’s bigger grocers like Fry’s, Safeway or Bashas’. With a smaller footprint Aldi focuses on staples and its private label, which make up about 90% of the store’s products. Having that many private label items, Aldi has more control over its pricing, which tends to be lower than most grocers.
Phoenix is known as one of the nation’s most competitive grocery markets, and with Aldi making a strong entrance, it is bound to raise some eyebrows among its competitors. Earlier this year, Mark Miller, the president of the Arizona Food Marketing Alliance, told the Business Journal the discount grocer could shift the Valley’s grocery dynamic.