Aldi, a German-based discount grocer, has six Miami-Dade locations so it may surprise its fans to know that until shortly the chain has yet to open a location in Miami proper.
That changes Thursday, June 15, when Aldi hopes for a lucky seven when it opens its newest store at 3750 S. Dixie Hwy. in Miami, near Coconut Grove’s Day Avenue and Higgs Street.
The move comes amid Aldi’s plans to open 120 new stores in 2023, Grocer Dive reported in March. Several of the locations join Florida’s 204 locations out of Aldi’s more than 2,000 stores. These include a new Lakeland store that opened in March, Crestview in the Panhandle on May 18 and Miami’s first store.
“We’re excited to open our first Aldi store in Miami and introduce local customers to a new, more affordable way of shopping,” Chris Hewitt, Royal Palm Beach regional vice president for Aldi, said in a statement. He touted the chain’s strategy to maintain smaller stores with an emphasis solely on groceries, many of which are Aldi-branded products.
Aldi lacks the frills of competitors like Lakeland-based Publix and Jacksonville-based Winn-Dixie. No pharmacies, for instance. Or baggers. The feel is almost like a warehouse.
Aldi has its core fans but in case you’re a newbie the chain offers an enticement. The first 100 customers inside the new Miami Aldi will receive a gift bag filled with a sampling of Aldi “Fan Favorite” products. Shoppers can also enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 Aldi gift card and receive a free eco bag during the opening weekend from June 15 through June 18.
Aldi is also partnering with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help find a cure for childhood cancer, the grocer said. The chain will donate 50 cents, up to $1 million, to the Pennsylvania-based pediatric cancer charity for each limited-time ALSF-branded bag of lemons purchased in June.
The new Miami store opens at 8:30 a.m. June 15 and its regular daily hours are 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.