Aldi will reopen remodeled store in Glen Burnie on Friday

Discount grocer Aldi will reopen a remodeled store Friday in Glen Burnie as part of the chain’s $18 million plan to remodel and expand its Baltimore-area locations.

The company, which operates more than 1,600 stores in 35 states, plans to renovate more than 1,300 U.S. stores by 2020, a $1.6 billion investment. Aldi plans to remodel 13 of its Baltimore-area stores by the end of next year.

The Glen Burnie store, at 6639 D Governor Ritchie Highway, closed Sept. 11 for renovations. The new design places greater emphasis on fresh items, including the produce, dairy and bakery departments, and features a modern layout with open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials, company officials said.

Aldi says its stores offer groceries at up to 50 percent less than competitors, including under the store brand. The chain says it keeps overhead costs low by operating smaller stores with open carton displays and encouraging customers to bring their own shopping bags.

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