LAVEEN, AZ — After an unexpected delay in December, Aldi opened its grocery store in Laveen on Friday, marking its sixth location in the Valley.
The Laveen store, located on Baseline Road, east of the 202 loop in Phoenix, was originally scheduled to open on December 10, 2021. But, for unknown reasons, the opening was abruptly delayed (Aldi declined to answer questions on what led to the delay).
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The Friday opening is considered a “soft” opening. A grand opening is scheduled for February 2, 2022.
Last year, Aldi opened stores in Gilbert and Queen Creek. In 2020, stores opened in Chandler, Goodyear and Peoria.
Representatives of the discount grocer have previously said additional stores are expected to open in the market. Aldi has filed applications and initial permits in various cities and towns over the years, but has not officially announced more locations than the six that have opened.
Aldi usually makes an official announcement when construction has started or is well advanced.
To keep prices low, Aldi stocks most of its products under private labels versus name brands, although it carries some items from popular brands, like Coke, Capri Sun, Gatorade and General Mills.
Other cost-saving measures: Customers must bring their own bags and pack their own groceries (bags are available for purchase in case they forget), and carts can be hired for a shift, which is returned when the cart is delivered (this saves the business of having to employ people to unscramble the carts in the parking lot).
Other than that, Aldi carries a lot of the basics you’d find in any other grocery store: milk, eggs and cheese, fruits and vegetables, frozen meats and pizzas, cereals and snacks.