An ALDI employee stocks produce in this image provided by ALDI corporate
Written by The Business Journal Staff
ALDI is slowly but surely making its way closer to Clovis with the opening of a Hanford location.
The German family owned discount supermarket chain plans to host the grand opening of the Hanford location at 1789 W. Lacey Blvd. on May 2 at 8 a.m. Festivities include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a Golden Ticket giveaway with gift cards to the first 100 customers. Shoppers can also sample ALDI exclusive brand foods and enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a year’s supply of produce.
“ALDI stores are designed to make life easier for people. We offer high-quality foods at affordable prices and a streamlined shopping experience unlike anything else,” said Tom Cindel, Moreno Valley group director of operations and logistics for ALDI. “From our award-winning products, to trendy, fresh and healthy options, we’re focused on carrying a selection that has something for everyone.”
The opening of the store in Hanford is part of a $3.4 billion investment to expand to 2,500 stores and create 25,000 new jobs nationwide by the end of 2022.
This is ALDI’s 65th location in California. A Porterville store — the Central Valley’s first — opened in December 2018. The Business Journal first reported in January that a Clovis location near Herndon and Fowler avenues in a former Fresh & Easy location was in the works. An opening date for that location is unknown.
ALDI made Forbes Magazine’s list of “America’s Best Large Employers” four years in a row and was also recognized as a 2018 National Top Workplace by Energage — an employee engagement platform — for the second consecutive year.
The new store layout features additional refrigeration space, according to a news release, and 20 % of ALDI product selection is new when compared to last year.
Part of the expansion includes ALDI increasing its fresh food selection by 40% with many organic and easy-to-prepare options.
Stores feature open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials.
The Hanford store hours will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday.