CLINTON — Aldi opened up its latest grocery store location in Clinton on Aug. 29, bringing a new option to residents in the area and convenient shopping experience for the seniors in the vicinity.
More than 100 residents lined up in front of the grocery store on Woodyard Road eagerly anticipating the opening of the new store.
The first 100 people in line received gift cards to shop at the store and free grocery bags. All shoppers were eligible to enter sweepstakes where they could win a year’s supply of Aldi produce.
“Everybody was wishing for the store in this area,” said Clinton resident Colamay Faxio. “The one we went to was way over on Allentown Road. So people at this end of Clinton, I live off of Woodyard Road, so this is closer than all of the other ones that were in existence.”
Aldi operates over 1,900 stores throughout the country in 36 states with 40 million customers each month. The store sells groceries and household items, and for eight years in a row, Aldi has been recognized as the value leader in U.S. grocery stores, according to annual surveys of U.S. consumers conducted by Market Force Information from 2011 to 2018.
The opening of the Clinton store is the latest effort to expand Aldi’s reach to a broader audience. The $3.4 billion investment hopes to expand open 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022.
“We have over 80 stores within the division that we operate out of right now, and we have over 15 stores in the greater Washington, D.C. area as well,” said Alex King, director of operations in Frederick.
“We’ve got quite a bit of expansion plans within the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia market and everywhere we have an opportunity to get into where we can service customers with the highest quality of products.”
Aldi’s expansion effort includes bringing a wider assortment of healthy food to communities with 20% of its selection being brand new and a 40% increase in fresh food selection which includes organic and easy to prepare options.
It also comes with the goal of bringing jobs to communities. As one of the fastest-growing retailers in the U.S., the Aldi expansion plan aims to add 25,000 new jobs in stores, warehouses and offices across its locations.
The store plans to recruit locally, King said. The store offers competitive wages with 20 to 30 employees per store, and the plan is to target residents.
“We’re really interested in going into every single market we can go into where people are looking to bring a real high-quality grocery store with the lowest possible prices so any market that we can get into where we can work with the local community, we’re really interested in that,” King said.
The store is one of many in the surrounding area. The nearest location is on Lansing Drive in Temple Hills, with other stores within a 10-mile radius on Allentown Road, Livingston Road, Marlboro Pike and Albert Road.
The Clinton Aldi is an especially good location as it is next to Clinton Manor Apartments, a senior apartment community located right across the street.
“I think it will be a great addition to this particular neighborhood, especially since there are senior buildings, or dwellings, in the area,” said Leticia Graves, another Clinton resident at the grand opening. “It’s definitely nice to see a place that they can walk to that’s accessible to them, and they’re not having to go to Safeway and be in traffic.”
Faxio added that the Aldi is much more convenient than the other Aldi locations and other grocery stores that are nearby, especially because of the number of seniors and disabled people who live in the area.
“A lot of people like Aldi,” she said. “Aldi’s have fresh food. Everybody loves Aldi.”
Going forward, the store will continue to push its expansion effort, King said. A couple of weeks ago, the company opened another store in Waldorf and will be opening one in Crofton soon. They are also focusing on remodeling some of their existing stores such as District Heights and Oxon Hill locations and are working on one in Hyattsville.
“We’ve completed most of the remodels within the greater Washington, D.C. area and we’re definitely looking to open more stores up her within D.C., also in Northern Virginia as well.”