BAY SHORE, N.Y. — Aldi’s first Long Island, N.Y., store opened here Monday.
The store is the discount retailer’s second New York City-area store (a Queens location recently opened) and 79th New York unit. Operating a total of 1,200 stores, Aldi is averaging about 80 new store openings each year. It plans to open its third New York City location in the Bronx later this year.
Operating in 18,000 square feet of retail space that previously housed an Office Depot, the Bay Shore unit stocks about 1,400 frequently purchased shelf-table, fresh meat, frozen, dairy and paper items at prices that are up to 50% less than traditional supermarkets, according to Bruce Persohn, vice president of Aldi’s South Windsor division.
“Aldi covers the heart of the grocery list,” Persohn told SN.
The Bay Shore site was chosen due to its population density, established retail destinations and traffic patterns.
“Long Island, in general, is a perfect fit for Aldi,” Persohn said.
About 95% of Aldi’s merchandise is private label, which include its Lacura high-end skin care line, Moser-Roth premium chocolates and Fit & Active better-for-you products.