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Discount grocer ALDI bringing its shopping concept to Southern California

ALDI, a discount retail chain based in Batavia, IL, is in the initial stages of discussions to potentially locate a warehouse in Moreno Valley, CA, and is further developing its plans to expand to Southern California.

With more than 1,200 stores across two-thirds of the country, ALDI has grown without merger or acquisition. Over the last several years, ALDI has added an average of 80 new stores each year, which serve more than 25 million customers each month.

ALDI reduces overhead costs by employing smart business practices such as a smaller store footprint, open carton displays and encouragement of customers to bring their own shopping bags. In addition, new ALDI stores feature natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials.

ALDI customers can expect to find more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased grocery items, including fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and bakery products, under ALDI exclusive brands for prices up to 50 percent less than traditional supermarkets, according to a company press release, which added that the retailers conducts rigorous testing on all of its products to ensure its exclusive brands meet or exceed national brands on taste and quality.

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Loblaw Tests Small Discount Format

BRAMPTON, Ontario — Loblaw Cos. said it is testing a new, small-format discount banner.


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The first location of Box by No Frills opened earlier this month in Calgary, Sarah Davis, Loblaw’s chief financial officer, said in an investor conference Wednesday.

The store, at 10,000 square feet, is smaller than No Frills’ typical 25,000-square-foot format and is stocked mainly with private-label goods, along with some deals on general merchandise.

Davis said the company would gauge the store’s performance with an eye on additional rollouts.

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Food Lion Kicks Off Holiday Discount Program

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion shoppers can earn a coupon for $ 20 off their holiday dinner as part of the “Shop, Collect and Earn” promotion which runs through Nov. 26.


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To be eligible for the coupon, shoppers must:

  • Spend $ 40 or more in one shopping visit with their MVP card for six of eight weeks.
  • Collect six different weekly tickets.
  • Redeem the six tickets for the $ 20 coupon by Dec. 10. 

Purchases not made with an MVP card, and alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery and postage stamps do not count toward the $ 40 purchase.

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Payment Plans: Shoppers Subscribe to Discount Deals

Homeland Food Stores jumped on the daily deal craze when it teamed with Aisle50 last year. And the retailer has been just as quick to get involved in the subscription commerce movement. The 76-store Oklahoma City chain liked the idea of offering a convenient discount to Homeland shoppers, Phil Payment, vice president of marketing and merchandising, told SN. Subscription services provide prepaid, scheduled deals. In the food retail sector, the strategy is commonly used for items like …

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Spartan Evaluates Discount Banner

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — While the Valu Land discount chain is still officially in the testing phase, parent company Spartan Stores here said that it has now opened enough locations to determine its fate over the long term.

Spartan operates eight Valu Land stores in a variety of locations serving various demographic customer bases in Michigan, Dennis Eidson, Spartan’s chief executive officer, said during a conference call discussing first-quarter earnings. While the company is still experimenting with the concept, Eidson said “I think we have enough boxes now with an assortment of demographics, [and] different regions of the state to be able to more effectively read this format and determine where we’re going to go long-term.”

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Spartan launched Valu Land in early 2012 to test consumer acceptance of a limited-assortment discount store. It’s earliest stores are now in Spartans’ comparable-store sales base, Eidson said, and excluding a week of sales affected by the Easter holiday, comps during Spartan’s first quarter were positive, he said.


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Eidson said the stores differ from Aldi and Save-A-Lot by offering more branded goods and service departments, but emphasized the company is still “tweaking” the concept.

In response to a question from an analyst, Eidson acknowledged that he was “intrigued” by the possibility that the format could be expanded as a result of Spartan’s pending merger with Nash Finch Co. and its largely rural retail store base.

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Farm Fresh Ups Military Discount

VIRGINIA BEACH — Farm Fresh Supermarkets here has begun offering a 10% discount on grocery purchases for military personnel on Mondays — a move that coincided with the closure of military commissaries resulting from federal sequestration cuts.


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The Department of Defense entered its furlough period earlier this month, with 148 commissaries closing on Mondays through Sept. 30.

Farm Fresh, a division of Supervalu, said this week it would extend a 10% discount on the entire grocery bill for active and veteran military who show a military ID on Mondays. Farm Fresh said it would continue a policy of offering a 10% discount on store-brand items to all military members from Tuesday to Sunday.

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