An ALDI grocery store is under construction in the Claremore Plaza and is expected to open in the summer.
“We are excited to confirm we are planning to open our first ALDI store in Claremore, Oklahoma, this summer,” said Mark Bersted, Olathe division vice president for ALDI.
Bersted said the new Claremore store will employ about 15 to 20 people.
“We are actively hiring for a variety of positions at our upcoming Claremore store, and we encourage those interested to apply,” he said. “ALDI is an award-winning employer and nationally recognized for our commitment to employees. We offer highly competitive wages and industry-leading benefits.”
ALDI will be the first tenant in the Claremore Plaza located at 1584 W. Country Club Road.
“Anytime you get a new location, and certainly ALDI is of a high caliber, it shows our community's ability to attract quality retail,” said Meggie Froman-Knight, Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority interim executive director. “Particularly the fact that CEIDA, in partnership with the city, was able to do that during what's really known as an economic disruption really shows there’s a lot going on in the background. This serves as a catalyst for growth, not only in the Plaza, but other places throughout Rogers County.”
Froman-Knight said the initial discussion to bring ALDI to Claremore began in 2015. However, the conversation sat dormant because of transitions.
About 15 months ago, CEIDA began that conversation again with ALDI.
“We’re still growing,” she said. “We’re even more prime today then we were a few years ago as we’ve seen population growth.”
Froman-Knight said the process of bringing a new business to town typically takes 12 months, but COVID slowed things down.
Claremore City Manager John Feary said in a media release that this has been a long-term request from Claremore residents.
"We are excited to welcome ALDI into our growing community and market," Feary said. "At a time when easy access to affordable fresh food and household essentials is invaluable, we are thrilled for the opportunity to offer an additional shopping option for our community. The ALDI's announcement is just the first of what I hope to be many for Claremore this year."