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ALDI opens Rutland store, Aug. 15

RUTLAND- On Thursday, Aug. 15, select assortment discount grocer ALDI will offer shoppers an alternative as it opens its second Vermont store, located at 263 South Main street in Rutland. The other Vermont location is in Bennington.
"We are pleased to bring ALDI to Rutland, the second Vermont location, to help customers get high-quality products as everyday low prices," said Bruce Persohn, South Windsor division vice president for ALDI. "We challenge shoppers to switch from national brands to our high-quality exclusive brands and save up to 50 percent without compromising. As important as price is, the only way to attract and keep shoppers is to have quality products."
To celebrate the new Rutland store, ALDI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15. The public is invited to attend, sample ALDI exclusive brand products, tour the store and shop for their favorite grocery items. Additionally, guest can enter an on-site sweepstakes for a chance to win ALDI gift certificates. Customers can expect to find more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased items sold under ALDI exclusive brands.
The store will also host a cookout with free hotdogs and sodas from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
A model of efficiency, ALDI eliminates overhead costs by offering smart prices, such as a cart rental system through which shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart and receive the quarter back upon the cart's return. Other cost-saving practices include a smaller store footprint, open carton displays and encouragement of customers to bring their own shopping bags.
To ensure its exclusive brands meet or exceed the national brands on taste and quality, ALDI conducts rigorous testing on all products. ALDI stands behind this quality with a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with a food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product AND refund the customer's money.
ALDI also saves shoppers money by keeping stores open during prime shopping times. The new location in Rutland will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
The Rutland store features high ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials - such as recycled materials and energy saving refrigeration and light bulbs - to ensure that customers enjoy a shopping experience that is simple and easy to navigate.
A grocery retailer that has grown without merger or acquisition, ALDI has more than 1,200 stores located in 32 states. Over the last several years, ALDI has added approximately 50-80 new stores each year, expanding the ability to bring grocery saving to more people every day.
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