GILBERT, AZ — ALDI announced Tuesday that its grocery store in Gilbert -- the discount grocery's fourth location in the state so far -- would open on Monday, Feb. 15.
The discount grocery store is located at 1801 E Pecos Road, near Va Vista Drive and Pecos Road. Regular hours will be 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. every day.
The ALDI store was expected to open before the end of the year, but encountered some unexpected delays, which pushed back the opening by a few weeks.
“We are excited to open our first ALDI store in Gilbert. This new store is a direct response to customer demand for high-quality groceries at the unbeatable prices that only ALDI can offer," said Tom Cindel, Moreno Valley Group Director of Operations and Logistics for ALDI, in a prepared statement.
In the last few months, ALDI has opened three other stores in the Phoenix metro -- Chandler, Goodyear, and Peoria, part of ALDI's large expansion plans to become the third-largest retailer by the end of 2022.
For those unfamiliar, ALDI is a popular discount market in the Midwest and East Coast. It carries most of the everyday grocery essentials -- milk, eggs, cheeses, fruits and produce, meat, and snack foods -- using private labels vs. name brands. They do, however, carry some name-brand products, such as Coke, Capri Sun, Gatorade, and General Mills cereal.
ALDI's stores are also smaller, similar to that of a Walmart Neighborhood Market, according to the Phoenix Business Journal. They also require a refundable $0.25 deposit to use a cart and require customers to bring their own bags and bag their own groceries -- all cost-saving measures that ALDI says allows them to keep their prices low.
While ALDI has not officially announced any additional locations, Cindel previously confirmed to ABC15 that more locations were in the works. ALDI has filed building applications and plans in multiple cities, including Buckeye, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Tempe, though they're all in various stages of the development process.