ALDI will open its new larger Iowa City store on Friday, Jan. 31, at 760 Ruppert Road near Highway 1.
The new ALDI's will replace the company's existing location at 1534 Gilbert St. S., which will close at 8 p.m. on Jan. 30. It will offer 1,000 square feet more space than the existing store, which has been open since 1985.
"We are pleased to showcase the new look of ALDI with this updated store in Iowa City," said Heather Moore, Dwight division vice president for ALDI.
The store will feature an expanded produce section and wine selection. It also will have higher ceilings and incorporates environmentally friendly building materials, such as recycled materials and energy-saving refrigeration and light bulbs.
The new ALDI will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Growing without merger or acquisition, ALDI operates nearly 1,300 stores in 32 states. Over the last several years, ALDI has added, on average, 80 new stores each year.
The soon-to-be-vacated ALDI store joins empty buildings that previously housed Office Depot and Blockbuster. Moore said ALDI is hoping to sell the existing store.
Jeff Davidson, Iowa City’s director of planning and community development, said the area ALDI is leaving is one that will likely experience growth in the coming years. A new school will be built, which will likely spur more residential growth and more demand for stores.
"That's a very important area to us in terms of commercial development," he said. "As it evolves over time we (the city) need to make sure it stays viable."Alison Sullivan of The Gazette contributed to this story.