Aldi Food Market

The first Aldi Food Market within the Richmond city limits opened Thursday morning at 7319 Forest Hill Avenue to a crowd of more than 100 shoppers, Dec. 10, 2015.

The Aldi discount grocery store that opened at 7319 Forest Hill Ave. on Thursday is the fifth in the Richmond area. Four more are in the works.

In addition to the Forest Hill store, the chain has stores opened at 1776 N. Parham Road, at the Staples Mill Square shopping center at 8951 Staples Mill Road, 7003 Mechanicsville Turnpike in the Hanover Square shopping center in Hanover County, and 465 Charles H. Dimmock Parkway in Colonial Heights near Southpark Mall.

The no-frills Aldi chain, based in Germany, has started construction on a 21,000-square-foot section of a building at 6291 W. Broad St. Burlington Coat Factory and an Office Max store also operate there.

The chain has stores planned for 927 Myers St. (a former Bill’s Barbecue site) just off the Boulevard near West Broad Street in Richmond and at Robious Road and Mall Drive in Chesterfield County.

The company also purchased a 2.2-acre tract at the Broad Hill Centre mixed-use development taking shape along West Broad Street just west of the planned Broad Street Marketplace, where a Cabela’s outdoors goods store and Wegmans grocery store will be anchor tenants.

Jeff Baehr, Aldi’s divisional vice president, confirmed Thursday that the company plans to open at least three of those locations in the first half of 2016.

The move into the Richmond market is part of an Aldi’s plans to open 650 new stores across the country, bringing its total number of U.S. stores to nearly 2,000 by 2018.

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