The opening last week of nine of the 30 Aldi stores planned for Houston over the next two years and the imminent entry of The Fresh Market there means competition for the city’s conventional operators is likely to escalate. Aldi plans to open its stores in low-income neighborhoods — areas that Kroger Co. and Safeway have avoided, one longtime market watcher told SN — “and while Aldi is not likely to capture a large share of the market, the big question is, how ...

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