ALDI Plans September Opening in Rockville
No-frills grocery store to be in Congressional North shopping center
ALDI, a no-frills grocery store chain, is planning to open its new Rockville Pike store in September, the company said.
“We look forward to joining the Rockville community, bringing shoppers the highest quality groceries at the lowest possible prices,” ALDI Frederick Division Vice President Jeff Baehr said in a statement about the store that will be located in the former home of appliance retailer H.H. Gregg in the Congressional North shopping center. “We will reach back out in the coming weeks to share the exact grand opening date and grand opening celebration plans.”
ALDI’s cost-saving methodology includes stocking basic household grocery items, many of which are the grocery store’s exclusive brand, on just a few aisles. Customers must bring their own bags and deposit 25 cents to use the store’s shopping carts.
“We carry the weekly must-haves and display them in their designed shipping boxes to help save time and resources to restock shelves,” the ALDI website states. “Shoppers will find more than 90 percent of the groceries we offer are under our ALDI exclusive brands, hand-selected by ALDI to ensure that our products meet or exceed the national brands on taste, quality and, of course, price.”
The store does not promise to carry a large variety of the same item, but it does offer a 100 percent guarantee on customer satisfaction. Items are purchased in bulk to help keep costs down for customers. And some items sold in the store are temporarily available in weekly promotions.
“We can’t promise you’ll find ten choices of the same item, but we can promise you’ll find the best one,” the website states. “Each week, ALDI offers dozens of food and non-food products at a great value that include everything from small kitchen appliances and seasonal items to outdoor furniture and gardening tools.”
ALDI also partners with local growers to provide a variety of seasonal produce, and many of their products have organic elements to them, as well as vegan offerings.
There are over two dozen ALDI grocery stores in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, including stores in Gaithersburg, Takoma Park and Silver Spring, and hundreds nationwide. The chain opened a store in November 2017 in a former Staples site on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.
The chain originated in Germany, and the first U.S. store was founded in 1976 in Iowa. Since then, the number of stores in the U.S. has grown to nearly 2,000.