Aldi Supermarket is set to open its third store in Harford County, on the site of the former Mars in the Bel Air Plaza on Route 1.
The store will have about 12,000 square feet of selling space, typical for Aldi stores, and is expected to open near the end of 2016, Aldi Frederick Division Vice-President Jeff Baehr confirmed via email Wednesday.
Mars, which went out of business last month, left the Bel Air location in January 2015. Prior to Mars, the Bel Air site was a Super Fresh that had been completely rebuilt only a few years before.
"We look at a lot of factors before choosing an ALDI location, like population density, proximity to competition, cost of the property and traffic patterns. We want to be conveniently located for our shoppers," Baehr said about choosing the Bel Air site.
A sign posted at the store said a hiring event was held Wednesday in Edgewood.
Aldi has two stores off of Route 40 in Harford County. One opened in Aberdeen in 2013, the same year the company's store in Edgewood, which opened in the 2000s, was remodeled.
The Germany-based supermarket has been growing rapidly in the region and has more than a dozen stores in the Baltimore area.
"ALDI offers shoppers a modern and convenient shopping environment with inviting colors, natural lighting and environmentally-friendly building materials such as energy-saving refrigeration and LED lighting," Baehr said.
"The store will also be simple to navigate with easy-to-spot product signage and prominent product prices," he said. "ALDI is known for saving shoppers money on the groceries they buy most. Customers will find fresh meat, bread, dairy, produce and household items at ALDI."
Baehr said Aldi customers "can save up to 50 percent on their grocery bill," which he explained is "based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores."