NORTH CENTER — Aldi's new Montrose Avenue store, built in the footprint of Aldi's old Montrose Avenue store, will celebrate its grand opening next week, the company says.
The official ribbon cutting, open to the public, is scheduled for 8:25 a.m. April 13 at 2431 W. Montrose Ave. The festivities will include product sampling and the chance to enter a sweepstakes to win free produce for a year.
The first 100 shoppers will also receive a "golden ticket" — Aldi gift cards in varying amounts.
After nearly 30 years on Montrose, Aldi announced in January 2015 it would demolish that store and build a larger, more modern replacement, one that company officials said would provide a "completely different" shopping experience.
Aldi purchased adjacent land to the east and west for added parking. The former store closed in March 2016, with customers stocking up for what was initially projected to be a six- to nine-month construction period.
According to a statement from the company, customers can expect the new store to have wider aisles, LED lighting and an expanded selection of items, including organic produce.
The new Montrose store will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Founded in Germany in 1946, Aldi operates more than 1,600 stores in the United States, with an accelerated plan to expand to nearly 2,000 stores by the end of 2018. In 1966, the company split into two separate entities: Aldi Nord, which owns Trader Joe's, and Aldi Sud, which runs the Aldi supermarkets.