Aldi of Oakwood grand opening
When: 9 a.m. Thursday
Where: Aldi, 3640 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays
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A grocery retailer known for cutting the frills of standard grocery stores in favor of cutting expenses for consumers is poised to open in South Hall.
Located at 3640 Mundy Mill Road, Aldi will open its doors to the public 9 a.m. Thursday. People at the grand opening will get to sample products and enter sweepstakes for a chance to win gift certificates.
“We are pleased to bring a store to Oakwood to help customers get high-quality products at everyday low prices,” Thom Behtz, Jefferson division vice president for Aldi, said in a news release. “As important as price is, the only way to attract and keep shoppers is to have quality products.”
The 17,000-square-foot store features high ceilings, natural lighting and the use of environmentally friendly building materials. A company spokesperson said the typical Aldi store employs 10 people, though did not elaborate on whether all of those positions have been filled.
Regular business hours for the Oakwood location will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.
The store cuts costs in multiple ways. For example, it charges a 25-cent rental fee for grocery carts (the patron receives the quarter back once the cart is returned). Customers are also encouraged to bring their own shopping bags; Aldi reusable bags are available for purchase at the store.
Additionally, credit cards, checks or WIC payments are not accepted. Customers can use cash, debit or EBT cards to pay for items.
There is an existing Aldi location on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near Lakeshore Mall.
“The Gainesville Aldi location attracts thousands of customers a month,” said Behtz. “We expect a percentage of those customers to take advantage of the new Oakwood store location.”
The new Aldi is part of an overall renovation of the College Square Shopping Center, which first opened in 1975.
Also being planned for the Oakwood location near Aldi is a Cook-Out fast food restaurant, a privately owned chain specializing in hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue and milkshakes.
According to Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown, the company has requested sewer allocation but no building permits have been requested yet for Cook-Out.
Also in the area, the Northeast Georgia Health System is turning the former Sam’s Club on Frontage Road into corporate offices.