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Aldi to Enter Dallas

Chicago Making good on its expansion promise, Aldi announced Monday that it will open approximately 25 locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by spring 2010, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The German-owned discount retailer opened its first U.S. store in 1976. Today it operates more than 1,000 grocery stores in 29 states.

The stores, which will range between 10,000 and 17,000 sq. ft., will carry meat, produce, dairy and 1,400 private-label products. Merchandise prices are often up to 50% less than prices in traditional supermarkets, according to Aldi.

To support its entrance into the Lone Star state, Aldi began constructing a $40 million distribution center in Denton, Texas, this past summer. The 500,00-sq.-ft. facility, which is Aldi’s first distribution center in the southwest, will fulfill stores in Texas and Oklahoma, where it currently operates 13 stores.

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