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DETROIT -- Germany-based discount grocer Aldi plans to open six stores in the metropolitan area here by 2007, which represents the edited assortment retailer's most aggressive push in southeast Michigan since entering the state in 1994.
According to local reports, Aldi plans to open stores in Monroe, Clinton Township, Utica, Eastpointe, Westland and Highland Park, as well as remodeling six additional stores. "It's a fantastic market for us," David Kapusansky, director of real estate for Aldi's Michigan stores, told The Detroit News. "We're seeing more customers buying more things. We see a lot of room for us in this market."
Aldi's expansion in metro Detroit comes amid the state's rocky economy, as well as other chains' cutting back in the area, including Farmer Jack, which closed four stores late last year after its owner, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P), failed to find a buyer.
Aldi -- short for Albrecht discounts -- opened its first U.S. store in Iowa in 1976. It has 36 stores in Michigan and more than 800 in the United States. The chain is projected to open about 40 stores per year nationwide through the end of the decade.