The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY KAYTLYN LES­LIE

Su­per­mar­ket chain Aldi opened a store Thurs­day in Ar­royo Grande, the first of pos­si­bly two in SLO County.

Ger­man dis­count su­per­mar­ket chain Aldi opened in Ar­royo Grande on Thurs­day.

The new store at 1221 E. Grand Av­enue held a rib­bon-cut­ting at 8 a.m., com­plete with gift card give­aways and a draw­ing for free pro­duce for a year.

The new Ar­royo Grande store is part of a $3.4 bil­lion in­vest­ment by Aldi to ex­pand to 2,500 stores around the United States by the end of 2022. The Ger­man dis­count food com­pany cur­rently op­er­ates more than 1,800 stores in the United States, serv­ing roughly 40 mil­lion cus­tomers each month.

“We op­er­ate a very sim­ple oper­a­tion, but in a beau­ti­ful store,” said Tom Cin­del, Aldi group di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions and lo­gis­tics. “What you’re re­ally go­ing to no­tice is the more you shop at Aldi, you’re go­ing to save a lot of money.”

This is the first Aldi to open in San Luis Obispo County, though there are plans to po­ten­tially open one in San Luis Obispo in the fu­ture.

Kaytlyn Les­lie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

DAVID MIDDLECAMP dmid­dle­camp@thetri­bune­

A new Aldi gro­cery store opened in Ar­royo Grande on Thurs­day, with a rib­bon-cut­ting event and a gift card give­away for cus­tomers.

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