GREEN There is a brand new place for people to shop in Green as Aldi recently opened its location at 4055 Massillon Road near Town Park Boulevard.
The new Green location is part of a $3.4 billion investment by Aldi to expand to 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022. Aldi has more than 1,800 stores in 35 states, serving more than 40 million customers each month.
During a ribbon cutting ceremony, Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer said the store is a great addition to the community. He said Aldi is his mother’s favorite store and the Green store offers shoppers a new look, which is being rolled out at other stores around the area.
Aldi Director of Operations Alex Brandt said the new Green store showcases the newest version of Aldi and has an open modern feel with updated signage. He said there is a big focus on a large produce section and the store offers new organic items.
"We think this new look is eye catching," Brandt said, who added that Green was an excellent community for Aldi to expand into. "The number one thing that makes us stand out is our low prices."
He said customers know they are getting the best quality product.
The new location will employee between 17 to 20 people, a number Aldi District Manger Joshua Sleutz hopes to increase. He said many of the employees hired came from the local area.
"We appreciate the customer’s support," Sleutz said. "We feel very welcomed by the community and have had a lot of great feedback."
The new Aldi, which is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, is a part of Union Square, a development owned by DeHoff Development.
DeHoff Development Vice President Beth Borda said the company is thrilled to have Aldi as a part of the Union Square development.
"We look forward to bringing in more tenants," Borda said.
DeHoff Development Chairman Bob DeHoff said 20 years ago, the company bought the farm, which sits back 1,000 feet from Massillon Road and extends nearly to Interstate 77. At that time, there were about 10 homes on Massillon Road in front of the farm land which DeHoff didn’t own. Eventually, DeHoff was were to purchase the older homes to help create Union Square.
"We didn’t know at that time that this would be the square of Green," DeHoff said.
The first tenent to occupy Union Square was the wellness center, which is now owned by the Cleveland Clinic.
Borda and DeHoff agree it has taken a long time to develop the land but in real estate they said it takes time to for the best use for the community to happen. The company continues to draw more tenents and Borda said she would like to see more restaurants come to the area.