Aldi is opening its first grocery store in Bemidji next week.
The new store, at 1313 Paul Bunyan Drive NW will open on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 9 a.m., a news release says. It will be open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, selling private-label foods allowing the chain to make many groceries cheaper compared to its competitors.
“We are dedicated to providing the communities we serve the best groceries at the lowest possible prices, and we look forward to introducing Bemidji to their new neighborhood grocery store,” said Matt Lilla, Faribault division vice president for ALDI.
“We are focused on continuing to expand and open new stores across the country because we want to do our part. We know now, more than ever, easy access to fresh food and household essentials is invaluable," Lilla said.
The Bemidji store is part of Aldi's expansion plans to become the third-largest grocery retailer by store county by the end of 2022 as it invests more than $5 billion in new and remodeled stores across the United States.
Aldi currently has more than 2,000 stores in 36 states, including more than 50 in Minnesota. The closest Aldi option for people in Bemidji was Grand Rapids, about 65 miles away.