Aldi adds stores in Middle Georgia

rmanley@macon.comJanuary 12, 2011 

Discount grocery chain Aldi is expanding its move into the midstate with plans to open a 14,500-square-foot store in Warner Robins. The store at 3003 Watson Blvd. will be the company’s second in Middle Georgia. An Aldi store on Log Cabin Drive in Macon also will open in May.

“The Warner Robins location was an opportunity where within three miles there is a very good population base to pull from with strong median incomes. When these things exist, generally we can be successful,” Krysta Cearley, director of operations for the Aldi Inc. Jefferson Division, said in a e-mailed response to questions from The Telegraph.

Aldi is building a distribution center in Jefferson, also set to open in May, which Cearley said will make more of the Georgia market “readily accessible.” The company’s nearest store now is in Jonesboro.

“Middle Georgia residents can definitely expect to see more Aldistores pop up in the future,” Cearley said in the e-mail.

Aldi stores sell mostly private-label food products, along with fresh dairy products, produce and meat. The Warner Robins store will offer more than 1,400 frequently purchased items sold under its select brands, said Cearley.

The company says the new stores each will hire between six and nine employees. To eliminate overhead costs, Aldi stores feature open carton displays, encourage customers to bring their own bags and use a cart system in which shoppers pay a 25-cent deposit to release a cart and get the quarter back when the cart is returned.

Cearley said the Warner Robins store will be a “newer version prototype” used only a few times in Georgia that features an open ceiling design to utilize natural light. It also will use energy-saving refrigeration and heating-and-air products, she said.

Iowa-based Aldi operates more than 1,100 stores in 31 states. The Macon store is being built at 4501 Log Cabin Drive.

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