FARGO - Steel work is underway at the West Acres area ALDI store.

The store should be open in May, a company official confirmed Tuesday, Jan. 22.

“We are pleased to announce that we are planning to open a new location at 4305 13th Ave. S. in Fargo this May. The new location is part of our more than $5 billion investment to remodel and expand to 2,500 stores by the end of 2020,” said Matt Lilla, ALDI’S Faribault division vice president.

Lilla said ALDI will release further information on the store’s grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at a later time.

The Fargo ALDI is going up just east of the Burlington store in a shopping center along 13th Avenue South and just north of Target.

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Fargo building permit information indicates the single-story store will be about 22,000 square feet and cost about $2 million.

The Fargo store will be the second for ALDI in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area.

In November 2017, ALDI opened a roughly 20,000-square-foot store at 833 34th St. N. in Dilworth.

ALDI stores approach grocery sales a bit differently than other businesses.

One difference: they don't bag groceries or offer free paper or plastic bags.

Customers are encouraged to bring reusable bags, or put their food in an empty box or pay a few cents for a paper or plastic bag.

Also, a vast majority of items sold at the store are private label brands and are only available at ALDI stores.

ALDI started in Germany in 1961 and the first U.S. store opened about 15 years later.

ALDI operates more than 1,800 U.S. stores in 35 states and serves more than 40 million customers per month household items. It is deep into a $5.3 investment in new and remodeled stores.

The company also was named the 2018 Retailer of the Year by Supermarket News.