Did you hear? New Grocery store in Ocean Springs

Did you hear the news? A new grocery store is coming to Ocean Springs. This will be good for competition, variety and jobs. I went to an Aldi in Ireland. I loved it. Had good prices….if they could just bring Ireland’s chocolate with them!

OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi -- Ocean Springs residents will soon have another option when doing their grocery shopping, as national grocery chain ALDI has announced its intention to build a store in the city -- the second in Mississippi.

"I am very excited about it," said Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson in confirming ALDI's pending arrival. "I've known about them coming  for a couple of months, but have been keeping quiet about it."

The new store will be constructed on currently vacant property east of Grace Baptist Church and across U.S. 90 from the Ocean Springs Civic Center. Although no set date has been announced, it is scheduled to open sometime next year, alderman Rob Blackman said Friday night.

"This is a product of our new retail coach," Dobson said. "They did some legwork, recruited (ALDI) and we're thankful they're choosing to locate in Ocean Springs. We're also thankful for our retail coach bringing them to the table."

Founded in 1961 in Germany, ALDI US is headquartered in Batavia, Ill., and has more than 1,600 stores in 35 states, employing over 25,000 people. The first U.S. store opened in Iowa in 1976.

Internationally, ALDI has stores in 18 other countries.

According to the ALDI website, the company intends to have nearly 2,000 locations opened by the end of 2018. Tupelo was the first Mississippi city to have an ALDI's open.

ALDI says it focuses on the most commonly-purchased grocery items, and by purchasing those items in bulk it allows for sizeable discounts passed on to customers. More than 90 percent of goods found in ALDI stores are the company's exclusive brand products.