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ALDI food store opening Thursday in Springville

ALDI will cut the ribbon on its first Springville location Thursday.

The 17,000-square-foot store will be located at 175 South Cascade Drive, across the street from a Tops supermarket. Besides Tops, Springville shoppers also have a Walmart supercenter, a Dollar General and Giordano Meats for food purchases within the village.

"Our new Springville store fits in nicely with our greater Buffalo area market," said Aaron Sumida, vice president of ALDI's division headquartered in Tully.

Springville's closest ALDI store is located in Hamburg on South Park Avenue, about 18 miles away. The newest store will employ 12.

The no-frills, deep discounter currently has 27 stores in Western New York. It plans to add another one or two by next year.

"ALDI continues to answer the growing demand for our products and responding to market dynamics," said Sumida. "Our high value, high quality model drives interest as does private label popularity and strong loyalty among our customer base that creates great word-of-mouth interest."

The Germany-headquartered company has fared well during the recession, as cost-conscious consumers more closely compare prices and gravitate toward private label goods in an effort to save money.

ALDI embarked on a rapid expansion in 2008, opening about 100 new stores nationally. It has 80 new stores in the works this year. The company has more than 1,000 stores in 30 states.

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