On Nov. 5, Aldi—a discount grocery store that launched in Europe before spreading to the U.S.—opens its first Arizona stores in Chandler and Goodyear.
Three months ago, Aldi announced it would open the Goodyear store—but not until the end of December. The opening next Thursday will be nearly two months earlier than first projected.
The new Goodyear store at 845 N. Estrella Parkway will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and offer grocery delivery and curbside pickup. (Additional fees apply to curbside and delivery orders through the Instacart platform.)
“We’re thrilled to continue expanding in the Southwest, and we take great pride in reaching this milestone as we open our first Arizona stores,” said Tom Cindel, director of operations and logistics for Aldi.
And more is coming: In addition to the store at Estrella Parkway and Roosevelt Street, “Aldi is also building a distribution center and regional office” in Goodyear, according to Tammy Vo, a city spokeswoman. “Construction has not begun and that portion of the project is still a ways out,” she added.
“We do not have information to share about opening a warehouse in Arizona at this time. We will share updates about our growth plans as we have them,” said Cindel.
Aldi is currently hiring for full- and part-time positions at careers.aldi.us/phoenix.
Aldi boasts about its low prices: “For the past 10 years, Aldi has held the esteemed title of Value Leader among U.S. grocery stores, according to the Market Force Information U.S. Grocery Competitive Study.
Stores are set up to maximize efficiency, with 12,000 square feet of retail space and four to six aisles—“much easier to navigate than big-box stores,” according to an Aldi press release.
Responding to a West Valley View Facebook posting on the opening date, many who have experienced Aldi elsewhere said they can hardly wait to shop the Goodyear Aldi.
Noted Janette Zdunczyk Ratliff, “Bring a quarter for the shopping carts. You get it back when you return it. Bring your own bags too.”
“Prices are significantly lower than grocery stores,” added April Nicole Furuya-McBride.
If you haven’t shopped at Aldi elsewhere, the experience will be new. A quarter deposit is required for shopping carts.And almost all of Aldi’s products are brands found only in the store, like Simply Nature and Earth Grown lines.
Krista Canelli Bakhit was one who welcomed the news of the Goodyear openings: “I have missed Aldi for four years now since moving to Arizona,” she said.
“Our aggressive growth plans have always been centered around providing as many people as possible the high-quality, affordable groceries they can count on every day,” said Cindel. “We know easy access to fresh food and household essentials is invaluable, especially now. At Aldi, we’re dedicated to doing our part by serving our local communities, and we can’t wait to introduce shoppers in the Chandler and Goodyear areas to the Aldi difference.”
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Aldi has hired thousands of new employees as it grows during 2020.
Launched in Germany in 1976, Aldi has more than 2,000 stores in the U.S.