On Thursday, Dec. 5, select assortment discount grocer ALDI will open its first Cambridge store, located at 160 Balsam St. N.
To celebrate the new Cambridge store, ALDI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, to which the public is invited to attend and sample ALDI exclusive brand products, tour the store and shop for their favorite grocery items. Additionally, guests can enter an on-site sweepstakes for a chance to win ALDI gift certificates. The first 1,500 guests will also receive a free ALDI Eco Bag.
“We are pleased to bring our first store to Cambridge to help customers get high-quality products at everyday low prices,” said Matt Lilla, Faribault division vice president for ALDI. “We challenge shoppers to switch from national brands to our high-quality exclusive brands and save up to 50 percent without compromising. As important as price is, the only way to attract and keep shoppers is to have quality products.”
Customers can expect to find more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased items sold under ALDI exclusive brands for prices up to 50 percent less than traditional supermarkets. A model of efficiency, ALDI eliminates overhead costs by offering smart practices, such as a cart rental system through which shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart and receive the quarter back upon the cart’s return. Other cost-saving practices include a smaller store footprint, open carton displays and encouragement of customers to bring their own shopping bags.
To ensure its exclusive brands meet or exceed the national brands on taste and quality, ALDI conducts rigorous testing on all products. ALDI stands behind this quality with a double guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with a food product, ALDI will replace the product and refund the customer’s money.
ALDI also saves shoppers money by keeping stores open during prime shopping times. The newest location will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. ALDI accepts cash, debit and EBT cards.
The Cambridge store features high ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials – such as recycled materials and energy-saving refrigeration and light bulbs – to ensure that customers enjoy a shopping experience that is simple and easy to navigate.
A grocery retailer that has grown without merger or acquisition, ALDI has more than 1,200 U.S. stores located in 32 states. Over the last several years, ALDI has added, on average, 80 new stores each year, expanding the ability to bring grocery savings to more people every day.