Decatur Aldi opening Feb. 1, will be metro Atlanta’s ‘greenest’ store

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 22, 2018

An Aldi store under construction at Decatur Crossing. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

An Aldi grocery store will open at the Decatur Crossing shopping center on Feb. 1 and the company promises it will be the greenest store in metro Atlanta.

“ALDI cares about its customers, employees, communities and its role as a business, working every day to help create a better world,” the company said in a press release. “To reduce the store’s impact on the environment, this location is the first ALDI in Georgia to have rooftop solar panels and an environmentally sustainable refrigeration system. Over a 20-year period of time, these features are expected to avoid 2609 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to keeping 559 cars off the road for one year. The Decatur store will also receive GreenChill Platinum Certification, the highest level awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency, for the use of an innovative refrigeration system.”

Aldi says the Decatur store is part of a company wide expansion that will see the company opening around 900 more stores around the country.

There will be a ribbon cutting on Feb. 1. Here’s the full announcement from Aldi:

ALDI, one of America’s Favorite Grocery Stores*, Opens Greenest Metro-Atlanta Store in Decatur on Feb. 1 

ALDI Investing $3.4 Billion to Increase Store Count to 2,500 by 2022

DECATUR, Ga. – Jan. 22, 2018 – Beginning Thursday, Feb. 1, ALDI, one of America’s favorite grocery stores*, will offer residents a fresh experience as it opens its latest metro-Atlanta store, located at 1669 Scott Blvd. in Decatur. The Decatur store is part of the aggressive $3.4 billion investment plan ALDI recently announced to expand to 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022. ALDI currently has more than 1,600 stores in 35 states, serving more than 40 million customers each month.

To celebrate the opening of its new Decatur store, ALDI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:25 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1. The public is invited to attend. Following the ceremony, the first 100 customers will receive a golden ticket, each containing ALDI gift cards of various amounts. Customers can also tour the store, sample ALDI exclusive brand products and enter an on-site sweepstakes for a chance to win a year’s supply of ALDI produce. ALDI offers a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including several organic produce items.

Thanks to input from customers, the Decatur store presents a new look, offering a modern and convenient shopping experience. Customers will notice a focus on fresh items, including more robust produce, dairy and bakery sections and more room for customers’ favorite products. ALDI stores will also feature a modern design, open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally-friendly building materials – such as recycled materials and LED lighting.

ALDI cares about its customers, employees, communities and its role as a business, working every day to help create a better world. To reduce the store’s impact on the environment, this location is the first ALDI in Georgia to have rooftop solar panels and an environmentally sustainable refrigeration system. Over a 20-year period of time, these features are expected to avoid 2609 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to keeping 559 cars off the road for one year. The Decatur store will also receive GreenChill Platinum Certification, the highest level awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency, for the use of an innovative refrigeration system.

“We value our customers in Decatur, and we’re excited to open our new Decatur store to continue offering high-quality groceries at prices they love,” said Thom Behtz, Jefferson division vice president for ALDI. “We’re proud to offer shoppers a variety of fresh produce, USDA Choice meats, organic items and gluten-free choices, all at affordable prices that our competitors can’t match, in an environment that’s easy and quick to navigate.”

ALDI also recently announced a partnership with Instacart, the technology-driven, nationwide on-demand grocery delivery service. The pilot program from ALDI, already a leader in convenient shopping, will give customers even more access to high-quality groceries at the low prices ALDI is known for. The new partnership will allow shoppers to order award-winning ALDI products for delivery in as little as one hour. The service is currently being offered in Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles including Decatur, with potential for future expansions.

ALDI is proud to offer a wide range of premium groceries at prices up to 50 percent** less than the competitors. In the last few years, ALDI has added a number of new product lines that have quickly become customer favorites including a growing organic selection, USDA Choice meats, the liveGfree gluten-free product line, the SimplyNature line of products free from over 125 artificial ingredients and preservatives and the Never Any! line of meats free from antibiotics, added hormones and animal by-products. To better serve customers and their growing families, ALDI now carries a full line of baby products, Little Journey, which offers customers award-winning diapers, wipes, training pants, formula, organic food and snacks.

In addition, ALDI continues to provide ALDI Finds: premium food and household products that are only in stores for a limited time. ALDI Finds vary week to week and themes usually match the season. Information can be found on aldi.us and in weekly ALDI ads. The new Decatur location will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All ALDI stores nationwide accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

As part of its accelerated growth and expansion across the U.S., ALDI plans to add 25,000 new jobs in stores, warehouses and offices. ALDI was recently named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best Large Employers and offers employees generous wages and benefits that are higher than the national average for the retail industry. ALDI staff working at least 25 hours per week receive full health insurance benefits and dental coverage, and all ALDI employees are invited to participate in the 401(k) program.

About ALDI Inc.

A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates more than 1,600 U.S. stores in 35 states. More than 40 million customers each month save up to 50 percent** on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. For the seventh year in a row*, ALDI was recognized as a value leader among U.S. grocery stores by Market Force Information®. For more information about ALDI, visit aldi.us.

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