12:21 PM EST, February 13, 2013
Discount grocer Aldi will open its planned Catonsville store on Feb. 22, the chain announced on Wednesday.
The store at 6503 Baltimore National Pike is part of a rapid expansion by the chain, known for selling exclusive discounted brands and keeping its costs and overhead low. Aldi stores typically have small footprints, open carton displays and a 25 cent cart rental system that refunds shoppers’ quarters when the cart is returned.
The chain, which runs more than 1,200 stores in 32 states, opened in Towson in November, The Sun had reported, adding to locations in Dundalk, Randallstown, Essex and Middle River and three in Baltimore city.
Jeff Baehr, Aldi’s Frederick division vice president, said in Wednesday’s announcement that shoppers can expect to save up to 50 percent on groceries by switching from national brands to Aldi brands. Aldi stocks more than 1,400 items under its own brand.
The company plans an opening ceremony and tours and product sampling at the Catonsville store starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. The store officially opens for business at 9 a.m. on Feb. 22. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
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