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New Discount Grocery Opens In North Texas


By BJ Austin, KERA News

Dallas, TX – The discount grocery store "Aldi" is making its debut in Texas in a big way. Eleven stores opened in Dallas-Fort Worth Thursday, with more on the way. KERA's BJ Austin says it could change the way we shop and how much we pay.

Aldi has been a successful discount grocery store in Germany, and in other parts of the U.S. It's entry into Texas starting in Dallas-Fort Worth puts the low-cost grocery chain up against the highest concentration of Wal-Mart Supercenters and SuperTargets in the nation.

University of North Texas economist Dr. Terry Clower expects the Aldi stores to shift the grocery market equation.

Clower: It obviously brings in a new, strong competitor into the market, and that's going to cause the other chains to come up with a competitive response.

Clower says it may not mean a price war on a can of corn, but the response will certainly be more "specials" on certain items. And he expects Aldi's appearance will hold down food costs because of more competition and more choice in the market.

Shoppers pay a 25 cent deposit for a cart. Customers bring their own bags, or buy them. Cash, ATM, and food stamp cards are accepted. No credit cards or checks.

By the end of the year, Aldi plans to have about 20 stores in 17 North Texas cities.

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