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ALDI is nearly ready to reopen in Fuquay-Varina with a fresh look, more fresh food

ALDI, pictured in a press photo, will reopen its newly renovated Fuquay-Varina store Nov. 2. It will feature an updated design that includes natural lighting and eco-friendly building materials.
ALDI, pictured in a press photo, will reopen its newly renovated Fuquay-Varina store Nov. 2. It will feature an updated design that includes natural lighting and eco-friendly building materials. ALDI

ALDI will cut the ribbon on its newly renovated Fuquay-Varina store Nov. 2, with gift cards for the first 100 customers and an updated design that includes natural lighting and eco-friendly building materials.

Brett Cozzi, a spokesman for the chain, said the ribbon cutting at the store at 1375 N. Main St. is at 8:25 a.m. Nov. 2. The event will include a Produce for a Year sweepstakes.

The store was renovated as part of a nationwide ALDI spruce-up in which the chain is investing $1.6 billion to stay competitive in the grocery wars. When it announced the renovation plan in March, ALDI said it would spend more than $13 million remodeling 12 stores in the Triangle with a plan to complete the work by 2018.

The company said the renovations would focus on customer demand for fresh items, including more robust produce, dairy and bakery sections. The remodeled stores also will feature open ceilings, energy-saving refrigeration and LED lighting.

In the Triangle, the grocery store market is competitive, with Wegmans, Sprouts and Lidl entering the market.

Whole Foods Market recently announced it will open a new store in west Cary Nov. 7. The store will feature a new location of La Farm Bakery, which is opening its third Cary site inside the grocer. To coincide with the opening, the store will host a fund-raising concert by Chatham County Line on Nov. 4. The price of admission to the 5 p.m. concert is at least $1; all proceeds plus 5 percent of opening-day sales will be donated to Good Hope Farm, an agricultural heritage organization. Concert tickets are available online at Eventbright.com.

Martha Quillin: 919-829-8989, @MarthaQuillin

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