Aldi is opening its store in Tupelo on Wednesday, Oct. 25, the grocer confirmed today.
The store, according to the company, will “offer Tupelo residents a fresh, new shopping experience as it opens its first Tupelo store.”
Landscaping was going around the building today, and the exterior is finished. Crews were still getting the interior finished.
The 20,000-square-foot store is located off Harmony Drive at 3990 N. Gloster St.
Hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
The Tupelo store is the first for Aldi in Northeast Mississippi (another is set to open later this year in Corinth), and is part of the company’s $3.4 billion investment plan it 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.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 25, and 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.
“We’re thrilled to join the Tupelo community and offer customers the benefits of the Aldi shopping experience,” said Troy Marshall, Mt. Juliet division vice president for Aldi. “Our high-quality products and everyday low prices make for a combination our competitors just can’t match. Our stores are simple to navigate, so it’s easy for shoppers to get in, get what they need and continue on with their day knowing they left with a shopping cart full of groceries that fit their lifestyle and save them money.”
According to Aldi, “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, energy-saving refrigeration and LED lighting.”
Aldi says it sets its grocery prices up to 50 percent less than competitors. It also touts its own brand of products.
“All Aldi exclusive brand food products are free of added MSG, certified synthetic colors and partially hydrogenated oils, and since more than 90 percent of the products available are under Aldi exclusive brands, shoppers can feel good about the food they buy at Aldi,” the company said.
“Plus, Aldi ensures its exclusive brands meet or exceed the national brands on taste and quality by conducting rigorous testing on all products. Aldi stands behind this quality with a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer doesn’t like an Aldi exclusive brand food, Aldi will give them their money back and replace the product.
ALDI also features what it calls Aldi Finds: premium food and household products that are only in stores for a limited time. Information can be found on aldi.us and in weekly ALDI ads.
Here are other highlights from Aldi:
ALDI saves customers money by cutting overhead costs through smart practices, such as an innovative cart system: Aldi shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart from the corral and receive the quarter back upon the cart’s return. Other cost-saving practices include a smaller store footprint, open carton displays and encouraging customers to bring their own shopping bags. Aldi I also saves shoppers money by keeping stores open during prime shopping times. .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.