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Local Aldi to close Sept. 12 for remodeling


The Mount Pleasant ALDI grocery store is being remodeled. 

ALDI grocery store, known for its rotating selection of food and home products, will be closed for remodeling Sept. 12 through Oct. 18. 

ALDI stores provides an intimate and inexpensive shopping alternative where shoppers bring their own reusable grocery bags and use quarters to obtain shopping carts. Their products range from fresh produce and household brands to organic and alternative food options. 

The local store, located at 4512 E. Bluegrass Road, has already been under exterior construction for a few weeks.

Signs inside the store read “Your new remodeled store features: A brand new look, expanded fresh section and new easy-to-shop store layout."

The Mount Pleasant remodel is part of an aggressive plan to open and remodel hundreds of stores across the country, said Ryan Fritsch, Webberville Division vice president for ALDI, in a statement to Central Michigan Life.

An Aug. 9 ALDI U.S. press release stated that “new store growth and remodels fuel fresh product expansion.”

ALDI is investing more than $5 billion to remodel and expand its store count from 1,800 to 2,500 by the end of 2022, according to the press release. 

It states that the new store layouts feature additional refrigeration space to “accommodate even more fresh, healthy and convenient products.”

“The remodeled Mount Pleasant store will have five aisles and about 11,300 square feet of selling space, compared to the store’s current 9,823 square feet of selling space," Fritsch said in his statement. "All of our new and remodeled stores will feature open ceilings, natural lighting and additional cold storage for even more fresh products.”

The company is increasing its fresh food selection by 40 percent, with new items that include more ready-to-cook and organic fresh meats, veggie noodles, ready-to-eat sliced fruits, and more vegan and vegetarian options such as kale burgers. 

“The continued success of our store expansion and remodel initiatives has given us the opportunity to carefully select and introduce new products that satisfy our customers’ increasing preferences for fresh items, including organic meats, salad bowls, sliced fruits and gourmet cheeses,” said Jason Hart, CEO of ALDI U.S., in the release. “We know people lead busy lives, so we’re making it even easier for them to purchase everything on their shopping list at ALDI, while still saving money.”

In addition, there will be more “convenient” options like grab-and-go and single serve products like vegetable snack packs and refrigerated drinks such as strawberry kefir and kombucha.