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A bigger ALDI reopens in Medina after 7-week construction project

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 May 2019 at 12:20 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Shoppers check out the newly renovated and expanded ALDI in Medina. The store was closed for seven weeks for the construction and remodeling project. ALDI reopened today at about 8:30 in the morning, with customers getting free tote bags and a chance to win $500 in produce throughout the year.

The ALDI store on Maple Ridge Road in Medina reopened after a 2,062-square-foot expansion on the front side of the building. The building was 16,567 square feet before the expansion.

The addition gives ALDI more space for about 150 to 200 products, including cooler and freezer items, and more produce.

Dan Leverenz (third from left), the ALDI store manager in Medina, cuts the ribbon this morning. ALDI didn’t lay off any employees during the store shutdown. The staff of about a dozen employees took vacation time or had a chance to work at ALDI stores nearby in Lockport, Brockport or Batavia, with the company paying their mileage.

The store upgrade also includes new shelves, freezers, coolers, and a resurfaced parking lot.

Ian Harrington, the ALDI district manager, thanked customers for their patience. He said the crowd of about 50 people, waiting to get inside the store, was the biggest he’d seen at a store reopening.

These Medina residents were at the store about a half hour before it opened today. They include, from left: Sheila Doty, Janice Dunn and Peg Sullinger.

They said they missed ALDI while the store was closed.

“I came here all the time,” Doty said. “They have quality products and the prices are good.”

The Medina store is part of the $1.9 billion ALDI investment to remodel and expand more than 1,300 stores nationwide by the end of 2020.

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