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Low-cost German grocer to open two more Charlotte-area stores

The German grocer Aldi is opening two new local stores, in Charlotte and in Huntersville.
The German grocer Aldi is opening two new local stores, in Charlotte and in Huntersville.

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.

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