Stillwater residents have another option for grocery shopping today when the discount grocer ALDI opened its store at 1188 North Perkins Road. Journal photo by David Sasser
By Van Mitchell
Stillwater residents have another option for grocery shopping today when the discount grocer ALDI opened its store at 1188 North Perkins Road. ALDI operates over 1,000 stores in 31 states. The store will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Angela McLaughlin, director of ED for Consumer Development for the City of Stillwater said there has been interest from local consumers about having ALDI come to town.
The store features high ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials - such as recycled materials and energy saving refrigeration and light bulbs.
"We have had a lot of interest about this," McLaughlin said. "In fact the community has been pretty outspoken about wanting that type of grocery store here. My understanding is we have shoppers drive to Ponca City to shop there for this particular grocery chain so we are defi nitely happy to have them here to keep our dollars local."
Lisa Navrkal, president / CEO of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce said adding ALDI should have a positive economic impact on the community.
"From early estimates, ALDI is expected to employee 15 at their Stillwater location, with an average retail salary that would equate to an annual payroll of approximately $300,000," Navrkal said. "This creates an indirect economic impact of $935,620 annually in our community."
ALDI will join Consumer's IGA, Food Pyramid, and Wal-Mart Supercenters as the grocery stores serving Stillwater.
Navrkal said ALDI gives residents another option to choose from for shopping."More selections for our residents to choose from when they make their buying decisions are important as our community continues to grow," she said.
"ALDI's offers unique practices that differ from our other grocers, so the consumer will have options to choose from that appeal to their way of shopping. In order for ALDI to keep their overhead costs down they take a different approach such as cart rentals, smaller store footprints, open carton displays and encouraging customers to supply their own bags."