A new and updated Aldi grocery store will open in the Mount Prospect Plaza shopping center later this month, a move that Mount Prospect officials say will help the center.
The new store will open at 1000 Mount Prospect Plaza, near the corner of Central and Rand roads, on Thursday, March 28. It will feature an updated design, with higher ceilings, improved natural lighting and an emphasis on recycled and environmentally-friendly building materials.
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Aldi, which operates 1,200 stores in the United States, specializes in offering company-exclusive brands at low prices.
"We are pleased to showcase the new look of Aldi" in Mount Prospect, said Scott Patton, Batavia division vice president for the grocery company, in a release announcing the opening.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new location will begin at 8:45 a.m. March 28. The store will formally open to the public at 9 a.m.
Mount Prospect Community Development Director Bill Cooney said the Aldi store will open at a time when Mount Prospect Plaza, which had suffered some vacancies, is humming with new life. Ross Dress for Less, a discount department store, moved in recently, and an LA Fitness health club will move in soon.
"Aldi moving there is just another positive for that shopping center," Cooney said.
The Mount Prospect Plaza Aldi store will open a day after an existing Aldi store at 730 E. Rand Road closes. Cooney said that the home-improvement store Menards, a neighbor of the Rand Road Aldi, has bought that space and plans to expand into it.
"That project will be a good addition to that Rand Road corridor," he said. "We're happy with how things have transpired."