Aldi grand opening draws a lot of attention

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[October 30, 2012]     Send a link to a friend

Pictures by Nila Smith

According to Moore, the primary differences in the store are going to be physical. She said they would offer the same products as in the old store and have not expanded the inventory to cover new lines.

She said what customers will see right away is the higher ceilings and natural light that give the building a more open feel. Also noted by many will be the convenience of wider aisles as they shop.


The layout of the store is very similar to the old store, so shoppers should be able to find all the products in familiar locations.

This cashier does her first checkout of the day.



Pictured above are local store manager Susie Spain on the left with Aldi Vice President Heather Moore. 

Outside, Alderwoman Jonie Tibbs visits with Brian Bergen, the newest director of the Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership.



For quite some distance before actually getting to the store, there were a number of vehicles parked along the highway. Once folks arrived at the driveway, what they found was a large group of picketers on each side of the drive, showing their disapproval of the new store.

This has been a common scene throughout the summer as union laborers and contractors have protested the build for not using union shops in their build.

When asked if their presence was putting a damper on Aldi's good day, Moore said that it really wasn't. She explained that Aldi has always done their builds using a bidding process, and that anyone who wanted to, whether they are union or nonunion contractors, could bid on projects and go through the selection process. She also noted that in all their builds they strive to hire local contractors when possible, just as they hire local employees for their stores.



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