New Aldi Sets Grand Opening Sept. 24

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Aldi's McKeesport location will open to the public on Sept. 24, a spokeswoman said.

The new supermarket at the corner of Eden Park Boulevard and Walnut Street in Christy Park is part of a wave of stores being opened by the German-based discount chain as it reportedly plans to go head-to-head with Wal-Mart and other U.S. retailing giants.

The Consumerist website reported today that Aldi is in the middle of "a large-scale expansion" that it hopes will "make it a dominant player in the U.S."

Citing reports in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere, the Consumerist says Aldi intends to become a major competitor to U.S. chains including Kroger, Safeway and SuperValu. SuperValu supplies Pittsburgh-area Shop'n Saves.

McKeesport's Aldi will be located in a building constructed in 2012 by the now-defunct Bottom Dollar Foods chain.

A subsidiary of a German company, Aldi purchased more than 30 Pennsylvania and New Jersey locations from Bottom Dollar when that chain was closed by its parent company at the beginning of 2015.

Aldi is also renovating a former Bottom Dollar market in Homestead and will re-open it as an Aldi as well.

Aldi carries a limited selection of fresh and packaged groceries and claims it can save customers "up to 50 percent" on grocery bills because it concentrates on private-label brands. Aldi stores do not have in-store bakeries, delis, pharmacies or produce sections.

Aldi's parent company is also the parent company of the Trader Joe's chain. Although there are no Trader Joe's near McKeesport, there are existing Mon Valley Aldi locations in North Versailles Twp., Forest Hills and West Mifflin.

A media preview and ribbon-cutting ceremony for local VIPs will be held Sept. 23.

Originally published September 11, 2015.

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