The low-cost German grocer Aldi is opening two new local stores — in Charlotte and in Huntersville.
A Charlotte store under construction at the corner of Rama and Idlewild/Monroe roads will open in 2019, Aldi confirmed this week. A new Aldi store in Huntersville — at 14126 S. Statesville Road, near the Gilead Road intersection — will open this fall.
Exact opening dates of the new stores were not immediately available.
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Aldi is Charlotte’s No. 12 grocery by market share, with about 2 percent of the area’s total grocery sales, according to sales-tracking firm Chain Store Guide.
Aldi, which operates about 1,750 stores in the U.S., has been growing its national footprint rapidly. The grocer last summer announced it will spend $3.4 billion to increase store count to 2,500 locations and create 25,000 jobs by 2022.
The grocer has said that its expansion would make it the third-largest grocery store chain by store count in the U.S. The two ahead of it are Wal-Mart and Kroger, which owns Harris Teeter.
Aldi’s expansion plan comes amid a separate $1.6 billion plan to remodel 1,300 stores by 2020. The chain has been opening up newly remodeled stores all around Charlotte recently, including on Albemarle Road.