Aldi Grocery Set to Open Friday Just South of Fridley

New Columbia Heights store to hold open house on Thursday.

A new Aldi grocery store will open its doors for business Friday two blocks south of Fridley at 50th and Central avenues NE in Columbia Heights.

On Thursday Aldi will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. and an open house from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Aldi store's regular hours starting Friday will be 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.

after the Columbia Heights City Council approved a plan for a 17,886-square foot store.

To accommodate increased traffic, Columbia Heights created a right-turn lane from 50th Avenue onto northbound Central Avenue NE.

Aldi offers its own brands of grocery items at discounted prices and has some unusual features such as shopping cart rental: Customers deposit a quarter to get a cart on entering, and get a quarter back on returning the cart after shopping. 

Fridley has several places to buy groceries, including , , , and and as well as smaller specialty stores such as and the .

Columbia Heights' existing grocery options along Central Avenue NE include Rainbow Foods and another Mike's Discount Foods location.

"," Fridley Community Development Director Scott Hickok told Fridley Patch in May.

HeidiJ November 16, 2011 at 01:05 PM
Yay, but will miss the donut shop
Kim November 16, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Heidi, I can't say that I ever had a donut from Cafe Donuts, but there is still a bakery at that intersection. Stop into Heights Bakery some day and grab a raised glazed donut. I don't think you'll regret it!
Stephanie Churchill Ling November 16, 2011 at 02:59 PM
I buy as much as I can at Aldi, but can't get everything so fill out the rest at Super Target. I love the Fridley Super Target, so it will be great to have them both so close to one another!
Chris Steller November 16, 2011 at 08:57 PM
There are some strong feelings being expressed pro and con at the Fridley Patch Facebook page. Check it out but keep commenting here too! http://www.facebook.com/FridleyPatch/posts/301056599919351
Amy Paddock November 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM
Same here Stephanie. I am very glad there is one closer to the neighborhood.


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