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Aldi to close Norwalk store for renovations

Zoe Greszler • Apr 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Norwalk’s Aldi store will be closing soon.

Not to worry, though, the discount grocery store will reopen after renovations.

Renovations on the German-family owned discount super market chain will begin this summer at the 195 Milan Ave. location. No exact dates have been announced either for the closing or reopening.

“Our Norwalk store will temporarily close in late summer to undergo renovations. We’re looking forward to reopening the store with a fresh new look in fall 2019,” said ALDI Hinckley Division vice president Corey Stucker in a prepared statement to the Reflector.

Many Aldi stores have undergone similar changes and renovations, including the Sandusky location. Stucker said these changes help improve the store’s offerings. The changes in Norwalk are part of the $1.9 billion investment the company is making to remodel and expand more than 1,300 U.S. Aldi stores by 2020.

“With this significant investment in our stores, what we’re really doing is continuing to invest in Aldi customers — bringing people who know and love Aldi, as well as new fans, an even better, more welcoming store to shop,” he said.

The local store will get a significant facelift that customers should realize right away.

“As with all new and remodeled Aldi stores, the remodeled Norwalk store will feature open ceilings, natural lighting and additional storage for even more fresh produce, dairy and meat,” Stucker said.

“More retail space allows us to carry more of the items that are included in our fresh product expansion, which emphasizes fresh, organic and easy-to-prepare options. This means Norwalk shoppers will find new Aldi private-label products including kombucha, veggie noodles, organic meats, kale and quinoa crunch burgers, gluten-free bagels and more at their remodeled Aldi.”

All of these changes will come after the company announced its commitment to plastic packaging reduction earlier this month.

By 2025, 100 percent of Aldi product packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable — a move “to help combat the global plastics crisis.” Aldi also will reduce packaging material across its entire range by at least 15 percent.

The store said it has the ability to influence how its products are sourced, produced and brought to shelves because more than 90 percent of its range is Aldi-exclusive. The company stated it will to work with its supplier community to achieve these other goals as well:

• By 2020, 100 percent of Aldi-exclusive consumable packaging to include a How2Recycle label

• By 2020, implement an initiative to make private-label product packaging easier for customers to reuse

• Guide continuous improvement of product packaging by internal expertise and external evaluations.

“Aldi never has offered single-use plastic shopping bags. And while we’re pleased that we’ve helped keep billions of plastic grocery bags out of landfills and oceans, we want to continue to do more,” CEO Jason Hart said in a prepared statement. “The commitments we’re making to reduce plastic packaging waste are an investment in our collective future that we are proud to make.”

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