News Update!!: Needles, CA: Work continues on the new Dollar General store and on the search for a new grocery store.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Work continues on the new Dollar General store and on the search for a new grocery store.

Work continues on a hilltop property where a new Dollar General store will be build off of Hospitality Lane and J Street in Needles California.

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Large amounts of dirt is being moved on dump trucks from the property on the hillside – to be lowed for the building, parking lot area, and driveway – and be dumped in a dirt lot across J Street next to Motel 6 for a future construction site.

Phillips Construction and Excavating Company is doing the hard work of clearing the property and removing the dirt for the new Dollar General store.

Residents are asking what is the latest information on the new Dollar General store, including what’s the estimated completion date.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that, “they haven’t shared that with us. I would expect within 4 months the construction will be completed. We have issued all necessary permits.”

As for if there would be a ribbon cutting when the new Dollar General store is completed, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that, “They haven’t shared their plans with us. It is normal and customary to do so. In a community in which I worked before every new store had a ribbon cutting because it gave them free advertising and brought people to the store.”

As work on the new Dollar General store property continues, the search for a new grocery store continues.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that, “We continue to contact every grocery on a regular basis. The grocery industry has universally and consistently told us that they need at least 10,000 people within 10 miles and no other store within 15. That must be why Bash’s left was because there wasn’t enough business. I don’t know, it is just speculation. We do know this; If it was profitable Bash’s would have stayed and/or another store would locate here. It is not for lack of effort.”

A grocery store getting talked about a lot in and around the community of Needles, California is named ALDI supermarket company.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that, “We have had numerous conversations with ALDI over the last 2 years. In every case it has been that they would love to be in every community in the country, but right now their highest priority areas are more urban and they desire to locate next to or near a Trader Joes which they also own in order to deliver products to both sites most efficiently. There are areas that better meet their business plan.”

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Recently, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels went to see what the ALDI supermarket looks like and took those pictures obtained by ZachNews of the ALDI supermarket in La Quinta, California.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that, “As you know, I visited one of their new stores last week in La Quinta with a population of 40,000 and a regional population of 750,000 whereas Needles is 4000 with a Colorado River regional population of 175,000.”

ZachNews has learned that ALDI: is a German supermarket chain; founded by brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht in 1946, has nearly 10,000 stores in 18 countries worldwide; arrived into the United States of America in 1976 in Iowa; has 1,500 stores across 32 states in the United States of America; has more than 100,000 employees worldwide with 22,000 employees in the United States of America; has made $69.9 billion in revenue as of 2010; each of their stores carries around 1,500 items with about 90 percent of which are sold with private, Aldi-brand labels including SimplyNature and liveGfree; their stores doesn’t offer a walk up deli counter, bakery, or other frills available at other supermarkets; have individual items not unpacked from shipping boxes on shelves to save time on stocking; at their stores, shoppers bag their own groceries and are encouraged to supply their own bags; and to keep workers from spending time retrieving them, shoppers can rent carts for a quarter and upon return, get a refundable of their quarter.

ZachNews has also learned that as of Thursday, April 14th, 2016, ALDI supermarket company opened 10 new supermarket in California, including in Arcadia, California; Cerritos, California; Covina, California; Inglewood, California; La Verne, California; Palmdale, California; Anaheim, California; Buena Park, California; Fountain Valley, California; and San Bernardino, California.

**** Here’s some information about ALDI supermarket company: ****

** Information obtained from the ALDI supermarket company website: **

Question: What is ALDI?

Answer: ALDI, the nation’s leading low-price grocer, operates over 1,500 stores in 33 states. We take a simple, cost-effective approach to grocery shopping that fundamentally saves shoppers on their grocery bills. In fact, smart shoppers have found that switching from national brands to ALDI exclusive brands can save them up to 50 percent* on more than 1,300 of the most commonly purchased grocery items. More than 32 million customers each month benefit from the ALDI streamlined approach, bringing shoppers the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices every day.

Question: Does ALDI carry brand names?

Answer: Shoppers will find that more than 90 percent of the products in our stores are ALDI exclusive brands. ALDI exclusive brands allow us to provide the same high-quality product without passing on all of the hidden costs associated with the national brands, such as marketing and advertising. Recently, we have added a limited selection of national brands in addition to our ALDI exclusive brands. We made this decision in response to feedback from our customers, who have strong brand preferences, yet would like to complete more of their grocery shopping at ALDI. We also may carry a national brand if we are not able to procure an exclusive brand product that meets or exceeds the quality and taste of the national brand.

Question: If you don’t have the brands I know, how can I be sure of the quality?

Answer: ALDI exclusive brands are manufactured by many of the nation’s leading food producers, and we work closely with suppliers to ensure that ALDI exclusive brands meet or exceed the quality of national name brands. Additionally, we use the ALDI Test Kitchen to ensure that our products meet or exceed the quality and taste of national name brands. But the best testament to our quality is our customers and our growth: people would not keep coming back and we wouldn’t be growing the way we are if we didn’t have exceptional, premium products.

Question: How much of my weekly shopping can I do at ALDI?

Answer: Customers can find the majority of their average weekly shopping list at ALDI, including fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and bakery items. Visit our Grocery & Home section to learn more.

Question: Why do I need a quarter to use a shopping cart at ALDI?

Answer: The shopping cart rental system is one of many ALDI efficiencies that enable us to keep our prices so low. New customers may be surprised by the simple, yet innovative, cart rental system, and usually come to appreciate its many benefits. Not only do customers get their deposit back, there are no stray carts taking up space in the parking lot or causing dents to cars. By not having to hire someone to police the shopping carts, we are able to pass the savings on to our customers.

Question: Why do you charge for shopping bags?

Answer: At ALDI, we believe in bringing our customers the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices through a number of operational savings. Given our simple approach to retailing, one of the ways we help our customers save money is by encouraging them to bring their own shopping bags or to purchase a reusable, long-lasting ALDI bag. The end result is that we not only save our customers money – by avoiding adding the cost of the bag to our prices – but also precious resources.

Question: Can I arrange a large purchase for an event?

Answer: Please feel free to speak with the manager of your local ALDI store to discuss bulk purchasing. If bulk purchasing is available, the manager will be able to assist with your order and arrange for pick up and payment. For additional information about shopping at ALDI, please view New to ALDI?.

Question: Can I resell ALDI products in my store?

Answer: ALDI is not a wholesaler. All products we sell are intended for our customers’ personal use and are not to be resold. *Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national competitors.

** Video from ALDI USA on Facebook: **

** For more information regarding the ALDI supermarket company is at the following website addresses: **

https://www.aldi.us/

https://www.aldi.us/en/contact-us/

ZachNews has learned that Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams and Needles Economic Development Consultant Michael Bracken will be meeting with representatives of the ALDI supermarket company in a couple of weeks at the International Conference of Shopping Centers (I.C.S.C.) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to their website, International Conference of Shopping Centers (I.C.S.C.), founded in 1957, is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, investors, retailers, brokers, academics, and public officials.

The purpose of The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is to advance the shopping center industry and to promote its role in the commercial distribution of consumer goods and services by:

– Providing educational programs and publications in all aspects of shopping center development, finance, management, marketing and other specialized areas of professional interest;

– Conducting meetings and other programs designed to promote the exchange of ideas among members and to facilitate the conduct of their business;

– Collecting and disseminating information pertaining to the shopping center industry, including statistical data and other statistical research;

– Developing and maintaining professional certification programs to encourage high standards for shopping center professionals;

– Advocating the interest of the shopping center industry to local, state/provincial, federal and international governmental bodies; and

– Publicizing to the general public promotional and educational shopping center business information.

** More information about International Conference of Shopping Centers (I.C.S.C.) is at the following website addresses: **

https://www.icsc.org/

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that this is where we at the City of Needles have met with representatives of the ALDI supermarket company and others in years past.

Well the City of Needles works to get a grocery store, some residents have been using social media and emails to send messages to grocery stores, including ALDI supermarket company, asking them all to please build their grocery store in their community.

It will be 2 years next month since Bashas’ Grocery Store closed up their grocery store on Friday, May 9th, 2014 and many people hope that some supermarket company will take a chance on our community and build a new supermarket.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding thins new story. **

1 thought on “News Update!!: Needles, CA: Work continues on the new Dollar General store and on the search for a new grocery store.

  1. The City of Needles should get rid of the .99 cent store or the dollar tree because we don’t need both. As for the 10,000 people needed is going to be a huge challenge for Needles. Maybe if the city was cleaned up inside and out maybe more people will come.

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