Monique Garza was among those who went through the doors Friday morning as Aldi opened in Woodbury.
“I was the first, I think,” said Garza, a Woodbury resident who has shopped at other Aldi stores and was excited to have one closer to home.
Aldi, a discount grocery chain, was giving away free samples and had a grilling station set up outside for its first day in Woodbury. About two dozen people were lined up for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. Raffles and free tote bags were also among the Day 1 promotions.
Company officials had been eyeing Woodbury for some time as Aldi looked to expand into more Twin Cities markets, said Matt Lilla, divisional vice president.
“We’re really excited to be here,” he said, noting the Woodbury location is one of Aldi’s prototype stores.
Briefly addressing the crowd, Lilla talked about the company’s ability to keep prices down by having mostly Aldi-exclusive brands and a 25-cent cart-rental policy. He also mentioned Aldi’s double guarantee: it will replace the item and refund the customer’s money for those not satisfied.
As for Garza, she said she liked what she saw, calling the store “beautiful.”
“It’s Woodbury. What do you expect?” she said. “Most things out here are pretty nice.”
Aldi is located in the former Borders space at 8427 Tamarack Bay.
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