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Aldi will open a new store in Chester on Thursday

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Aldi, which is expanding its presence in the Virginia and the U.S., will open a new 11,000 -square-foot store in Chester, on Thursday, March 16.

The store, the 10th in the Richmond metro area, is located on Iron Bridge Road in Chesterfield County.  It will employ 15 to 20 people. To celebrate the opening, Aldi will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:25 a.m., and customers are invited to tour the store and sample products.

A discount grocer based in Germany, Aldi says it offers grocery staples at prices up to 50 percent less than competitors. Besides staples, Aldi offers organic produce, a gluten-free product line and baby products.

Aldi operates 1,600 U.S. stores in 35 states that it says serves more than 40 million customers. It plans to have 2,000 stores by the end of 2018.

The company now has 38 stores in Virginia and expects to have 60 within the next five years. Aldi also is building a $57 million division headquarters and 500,000-square-foot distribution center in Dinwiddie County.

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