Aldi plans to remodel more than 1,300 U.S. stores by 2020, costing the retailer an estimated $1.6 billion, the company said Wednesday. The grocery chain says the upgraded stores will deliver “on its customers’ desire for a modern and convenient shopping experience with a focus on fresh items, including more robust produce, dairy and bakery sections.” Aldi, based in Germany, operates more than 1,600 stores in the U.S., across 35 states.
In the last few years, Aldi says it has added a number of new product lines that have quickly become customer favorites, including the liveGfree brand of gluten-free foods, SimplyNature products featuring many organic items and a full line of premium baby items under the Little Journey brand. Remodeled stores also will feature a modern design, open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials—such as recycled materials, energy-saving refrigeration and LED lighting. . . . more