ALDI could open in Stephenville by the end of this year. Get excited about its chocolate and coffee.



By SARA VANDEN BERGE

For the past few years, residents have been hearing about the possibility of an ALDI opening in Stephenville.

Now it’s finally happening.

Construction on ALDI’s new location next to Panda Express in the Christy Plaza is underway and residents could have a new place to buy groceries as soon as the end of the year.

“We’ve been working with all of the parties involved to make ALDI a reality,” said Mayor Doug Svien. “We are excited about them building here and that even though we are dealing with COVID, we are still open for business.”

TxDOT is currently working to install a traffic signal near ALDI that is expected to be compete in May.

I spoke with Stephenville City Council members Brandon Huckabee and Carla Trussell about the long-awaited project that some worried would never get off the ground.

“This is one of the needs that has been targeted and addressed by residents who wanted a new grocery store,” Huckabee said. “And I am happy to see its development moving forward.”

A look inside ALDI.

ALDI stores are marketed as “no frills,” selling household essentials and groceries at lower prices than other national retailers.

The chain keeps its costs low by renting shopping carts for a quarter (you get it back when you return the cart), and they don’t give out shopping bags so you will have to bring your own or be prepared to pay for them.

“As a woman and a shopaholic, I am beyond thrilled that ALDI’s is about to become a reality,” Trussell said. “And as a council member, I am thrilled that the rumors have finally been put to rest that the council refused to approve the traffic light and kept ALDI from coming.”

COFFEE, CHOCOLATE & OTHER SURPRISES

ALDI is also known for its private label brands, which are considered excellent among industry standards.

The snack aisle.

The retailer is often recognized for its tasty, but inexpensive snacks, spices, breads and canned goods.

But here’s what I am excited about: The chocolate and coffee.

ALDI stays true to its European heritage by carrying specialty chocolates like Choceur and its German roasted ground coffee that is supposedly to-die for.

But there is more.

It also carries a wide selection of beer and wine and reportedly has an amazing cheese selection.

I can hardly wait.

So there you have it, Stephenville.

ALDI is on its way, and it’s time to get excited.


All photos courtesy ALDI store images.