On Thursday, the Smithtown-Lake Grove area got a new grocery store with the opening of the in Lake Grove.
Patch will head down there in the afternoon to see what the turnout is like. Are you planning on checking out the market as well? The store is set to open at 9 a.m. with a ribbon cutting event.
Aldi is owned by the same corporate parent that owns Trader Joe's, Albrecht Discount, which also operates a market in the area. Initially a European brand, Aldi has branched out in the United States, with 1,200 stores in 32 states.
"As evidenced by our first store opening in Bay Shore, consumers are really looking for ways to stretch their food dollars, and we have been happy to provide the solution," Bruce Persohn, South Windsor division vice president for Aldi, said in a statement.
Shoppers won't find traditional brands in Aldi, though. The market only sells brands that it owns, which it says is why the food comes at such a discount. The store also features a few practices tied to its European roots, such as not accepting credit cards, not offering any bags and asking shoppers to pay a deposit for shopping carts.
Aldi said it employed many green or energy-saving materials in the construction of the Lake Grove store including energy-efficient light bulbs and recycled building materials.
Aldi plans to open a store in Lindenhurst in early 2013.