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    Grocer ALDI set to open first NH store

    ALDI, an Illinois-based discount chain, said it plans to open its first store in New Hampshire next month.

    The store is located in Salem, N.H., at 541 South Broadway, and a grand opening is scheduled for March 1.

    According to ALDI, the chain has roughly 1,200 stores in 32 states, including six in Massachusetts.


    One ALDI claim is that its store brands can save customers 50 percent or more on many commonly purchased grocery items.

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    ALDI stores tend to have about 10,000 square feet of space. That’s a far cry from the 138,000-square-foot behemoth that Wegmans opened several months ago in Northborough. Many supermarkets in Massachusetts range in size from about 30,000 to 70,000 square feet.

    ALDI store generally have four to five “uncluttered” eight-foot-wide aisles versus 30 or more at some other grocers, an ALDI spokeswoman said.

    The ALDI layout seeks to provide customers with an “easy-to-navigate shopping experience,” she said.

    Chris Reidy can be reached at