This year, the grocer has opened a new store in Voorhees, and plans to open more than five additional outlets in the Garden State before the end of 2018.
So where are they going?
Plans for Egg Harbor Township and Old Bridge were announced last year. Company¬†officials confirmed a store would be¬†coming to Livingston. Planning officials granted approval for an¬†Aldi in Winslow Township¬†last summer and another was approved in¬†Pohatcong.
Where¬†any¬†other¬†new stores would be located, Aldi officials wouldn’t confirm, but one —¬†maybe not this year but soon — is likely for Toms River Township, municipal officials there confirm.
An application has been submitted for a development that would include a new Aldi and a Tractor Supply store on Route 70 near Massachusetts Avenue, according to township planner Dave Roberts.
That’s still awaiting a hearing and, Grammer said, “it’s still too early to confirm any details of a new Aldi store opening in Toms River.”
However, an existing Aldi on Route 37 West in Toms River is welcoming back customers after an extensive remodeling.
It had a soft opening Thursday after work that included expanding the store from four to a five aisles to make room for more products, including fresh food, produce, dairy and baked goods, Grammer said.
In Toms River, like in other remodels, the stores include open ceilings with natural light.
“We operate more than 40 stores in New Jersey, with plans to further increase our New Jersey presence in the coming years,” said Aldi Center Valley Division Vice President Bob Grammer. “Ultimately, we want to bring Aldi stores to the convenient locations people want.¬†“
This reopening follows the return of an¬†Aldi in Piscataway on July 19 after extensive renovations. That followed expansions at Aldis in Linden and Bridgeton.
According to Grammer, stores in Mount Laurel, North Bergen, West Long Branch and Marlton are also being renovated and expanded. Planning officials in Collingswood and New Brunswick also granted approvals to expand Aldi stores there.¬†
“Our goal is to provide all of our New Jersey customers with the best possible in-store Aldi shopping experience.”
Grammer says the company plans to invest $1.9 billion to remodel and expand more than 1,300 of its 1,800 stores across the U.S. by the end of 2020. That number could increase to 2,500 by the end of 2022, Grammer said.
The discount grocer, which was founded by the Albrecht family in Germany in 1961, and opened its first U.S. store in 1976, and has continued a steady expansion since.
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The chain also focuses on its own brand labels. About 90 percent of the items sold are Aldi brands, but the store does carry some national brands, the company says, based on feedback from consumers. Along with the non-perishables, the stores also carry meats, fruits, vegetables and frozen foods.
Beyond food the stores have everything from shoes to home goods.
“In New Jersey specifically we are focused on opening new stores and remodeling our existing store to ensure our loyal and growing customer base has an Aldi store nearby …”
Aldi stores in New Jersey employ about 600 workers.