ALDI to build store on Bobby Jones Expressway

An ALDI discount grocery store is coming to Augusta.


The store will be at 227 Bobby Jones Expressway, said Thom Behtz, the division vice president of the chain.

The store could open before year’s end, but ALDI was unable to confirm an exact date.

The business will be in a new building, he said. That address is the former location of Golden Corral, which built a new restaurant next door.

Demolition of the old building will begin in two weeks, Behtz said.

It will be the second ALDI store in the area. The company also has a store at 2510 Whiskey Road in Aiken that opened in 2009.

ALDI stores have a staff of about 10 employees, Behtz said.

The Batavia, Ill.-based company has nearly 1,000 stores in the U.S. The stores carry 1,400 regularly stocked items, which are mostly private-label brands. The stores sell produce, meat and grocery items. The discount grocery store chain offers groceries for up to 50 percent less than the competition, according to its Web site.

ALDI says it is able to keep prices low because it keeps shopping carts stored in one place and doesn’t spend money on staffers to retrieve carts. Customers put in a quarter to obtain a cart, and they get their quarter back when they return it.

The chain accepts only cash and debit and Electronic Benefit Transfer cards to avoid credit card processing fees. In addition, shoppers provide their own bags to pack their purchases.