ALDI crowds exceed expectations of manager


By Greg Smart - gsmart@civitasmedia.com



Shoppers were lined up outside the store Monday morning.


Photos by Greg Smart

From left to right are store manager Ted Hartman; Russ White, ALDI Director of Real Estate; Joel Naseman, ALDI District Manager and Ryan Marmon, ALDI Director of Operations.


Photos by Greg Smart

Sales were brisk Monday morning.


Photos by Greg Smart

Customer turnout exceeded expectations.


Photos by Greg Smart

HUBER HEIGHTS — ALDI reopened its Huber Heights store at 6300 Brandt Pike on Monday morning. A ribbon cutting was scheduled for 9 a.m., but store officials moved up the ribbon cutting by 15 minutes in order to better accommodate the crowds that were lined up to enter the store.

Local store manager Ted Hartman, who has been with ALDI’s since 2001 and a manager for the last 11 years, was impressed with the large turnout. Hartman said that a lot of long days and hard work went into the process of preparing for the reopening. He said he was happy to see the remodel occur due to continued growth.

“Today makes it worthwhile,” he said. “Everything we’ve gone through and everybody coming in and getting it done and seeing the customer turnout, makes everything exactly worth what we’ve gone through. It’s very good — very rewarding today.”

Hartman predicted Monday would be a record breaking day customer wise and obviously, sales wise.

“I’m excited —excited to see the ones that we know that are familiar, that we haven’t gotten to see in a couple months, to see those come back as well as meeting all the new that are trying us out for the first time,” said Hartman. “It’s definitely rewarding; this amount of turnout is pretty incredible. Me personally, I never expected this amount. I’m really happy with it.”

The remodel includes higher ceilings, improved natural lighting and environmentally-friendly building materials – such as recycled materials and energy-saving refrigeration and light bulbs.

Hartman said the store aisles are wider and bigger as ALDI continues to grow with more products. He said he was excited about the improvements made in the store to make the shopping experience better for the customers including new items and still keep the prices low.

“That’s the number one reason that people come here,” said Hartman of the low prices. “It’s just exciting to see the difference in the store…just a tremendous amount of difference that they changed inside.”

ALDI offers a cart rental system in which shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart and receive the quarter back upon the cart’s return. Customers are encouraged to bring their own shopping bags.

ALDI currently carries nearly 70 varieties of fruits and vegetables, including several organic produce items. They also offer USDA Choice beef and the SimplyNature line of products and also recently introduced its liveGfreeTM gluten-free product line.

Hartman called the Brandt Pike store a great location and said ALDI is a great company to work for and is growing.

The first 100 shoppers at the reopening on Monday received a golden ticket, each containing ALDI gift certificates of various amounts.

“We are pleased to showcase the new look of ALDI with this updated store in Huber Heights and continue to help customers stretch their dollars,” said Dan Gavin, Springfield division vice president for ALDI. “As important as price is, there’s only one way to attract and keep shoppers: You have to have quality products. When people try our ALDI exclusive brands, they are excited by the savings and impressed by the quality.”

The remodeled location will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. ALDI accepts cash, debit and EBT/Quest cards.

Shoppers were lined up outside the store Monday morning.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2015/08/web1_Aldi_58.jpgShoppers were lined up outside the store Monday morning. Photos by Greg Smart

From left to right are store manager Ted Hartman; Russ White, ALDI Director of Real Estate; Joel Naseman, ALDI District Manager and Ryan Marmon, ALDI Director of Operations.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2015/08/web1_Aldi_61.jpgFrom left to right are store manager Ted Hartman; Russ White, ALDI Director of Real Estate; Joel Naseman, ALDI District Manager and Ryan Marmon, ALDI Director of Operations. Photos by Greg Smart

Sales were brisk Monday morning.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2015/08/web1_Aldi_66.jpgSales were brisk Monday morning. Photos by Greg Smart

Customer turnout exceeded expectations.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2015/08/web1_Aldi_68.jpgCustomer turnout exceeded expectations. Photos by Greg Smart

By Greg Smart

gsmart@civitasmedia.com

Reach Greg Smart at 937-236-4990, ext. 2542 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com.

Reach Greg Smart at 937-236-4990, ext. 2542 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com.