DARTMOUTH — On Sept. 23, the Dartmouth Mall welcomed the grocery store chain ALDI.

“ALDI is one of America’s fastest-growing retailers because we offer a convenient shopping experience for affordable, on-trend and sustainable goods,” Chris Daniels, South Windsor regional vice president for ALDI, said in a Sept. 14 press release.

“We have served this community for more than two years and look forward to continuing to offer Dartmouth residents high-quality, fresh foods and low prices in every ALDI aisle, every day,” he added.

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The new location is part of the company’s aggressive national expansion. Since 1976, ALDI operates more than 2,000 stores in 37 states and says it’s on track to become the third-largest U.S. grocery retailer by the end of 2022. 

ALDI will have its grand opening in Dartmouth on September 23.

“As the demand for ALDI grows, so do our real estate options,” wrote Daniels in an exclusive Q&A interview with The Standard-Times. “We have confidence in our model and proof that it works for shoppers wherever they live. This gives us a lot of flexibility when exploring potential markets.”

An updated ALDI experience

Daniels said the Dartmouth Mall’s ALDI also provides an improved shopping experience with additional refrigeration space for more fresh, healthy and convenient products. New stores also feature open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials.

Since COVID-19, Daniel said ALDI has seen more customers turn to eCommerce, so they’ve advanced plans to expand Curbside Grocery Pickup services.

The new ALDI, inside the Dartmouth Mall, is located next to Burlington.

“In response to changing customer needs during the pandemic, more than 1,200 stores will have curbside grocery pickup by the end of 2021 and the Dartmouth store will have both delivery and curbside pickup as options.”

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ALDI offers several award-winning, ALDI-exclusive products. Daniels said he recommends shoppers try products such as Earth Grown, their exclusive line of vegetarian and vegan foods.