Crews paved the parking lot and completed the landscaping over the weekend as the final touches are read for the Aug. 25 grand opening of ALDI grocery store in Ocean Springs.
A 9 am ribbon cutting Thursday officially welcomes shoppers to the store at 3801 Bienville Blvd.
The first 100 customers will receive a gift bag filled with a sample of ALDI Fan Favorites products. They also will receive a golden ticket that could be worth up to $100, and shoppers can enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 ALDI gift card.
ALDI is a discount grocer with fresh, frozen and staple foods plus household and seasonal products. Dunnhumby Retailer Preference Index Report has ranked ALDO No. 1 for price each of the last five years, the company said in a press release. The company is opening 150 new stores this year, with about 20 of them in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. An ALDI is open in Southaven and another opens in Meridian later this month.
Here’s what shoppers need to know about ALDI:
Expect a crowd — Like any major new store opening in South Mississippi — and particularly a new grocery store — ALDI is expected to draw a crowd of shoppers. The first several weeks are likely to see heavy traffic on that busy stretch of US 90.
location — The store is just west of Deana Road and Walmart Superstore on the north side of US 90, between US 57 and Ocean Springs Road. Improvements are being made at Deana Drive to accommodate the extra traffic.
hours — The store will be open daily from 9 am to 8 pm
bring a quarter — Shoppers deposit a quarter to unlock a shopping cart. The company says this is one way it saves money, because employees aren’t required to corral loose carts. Customers get their quarter back when they return their cart.
bring bags — ALDI asks its customers to bring reusable bags. The company committed to eliminate all plastic shopping bags from stores by the end of 2023.
Online shopping — Curbside pickup and delivery will be offered at the new store.
It’s a smaller store — ALDI stores are much smaller than many grocery stores. A typical store is 12,000 square feet.
Exclusive brands — ALDI-exclusive brands make up 90% of the total products offered in the store. A weekly selection of limited-time ALDI finds might be candles, seasonal food, kitchen gadgets and decor.
Look for Fan Favorites — One of the ways shoppers save money at ALDI is with Fan Favorites, which are products shoppers vote for each year. Among this year’s favorites are Simply Nature organic white cheddar puffs and PurAqua sparkling flavored water.
Some name brands, too — The stores also feature some name brand products. “Our new Gulf Coast locations will carry local favorites such as Tony Chachere’s creole seasoning, Crystal’s hot sauce, Blue Plate mayonnaise, Blue Bell ice cream and Luzianne sweet tea,” said Heather Moore, ALDI division vice president.
ALDI grocery store was the fastest growing grocery chain in the country last year, opening nearly 100 locations, and is third largest grocer in the country after Kroger and Walmart.