Construction has started on an ALDI grocery store in Smyrna just west of U.S. Route 13 near the south Smyrna Route 1 interchange in the Simon’s Corner shopping center. The property is in back of Wawa and WSFS Bank.

“We are excited to share our plan to open our first Smyrna store before the end of this year,” said ALDI Center Valley Division Vice President Bob Grammer. “We are looking forward to joining the Smyrna community, bringing shoppers the highest quality groceries at the lowest possible prices.”

The new store will offer about 12,000 square feet of retail space, he said.

Smyrna Planning and Zoning Manager Win Abbott said the store will be 22,245 square feet total, including retail space, storage and offices. There will be 112 parking spaces.

The entrance will be on a soon-to-be constructed road that leads west from the traffic circle near WSFS Bank.

Grammer said ALDI stores are typically four or five aisles.

“The easy-to-navigate ALDI store layout was specifically designed with our customers in mind,” Grammer said.

The store will employ 15 to 20 workers.

“ALDI streamlines its approach to staffing, creating cost-saving efficiencies that are passed onto customers,” he said.

The Smyrna location was selected for several reasons.

“We want the best sites that are closest to our shoppers and can support a high daily traffic volume,” Grammer said. “As the demand for ALDI grows, so do our real estate options. Bottom line, we want to be conveniently located for our shoppers. Our innovative approach has made us one of the fastest-growing retailers in the U.S., and we’re excited to bring ALDI value to the savvy shoppers of Smyrna.”

Founded by the Albrecht family, the first ALDI store opened in 1961 in Germany. ALDI’s United States operation is headquartered in Batavia, Illinois and now has nearly 2,000 stores across 35 states, employs over 25,000 people and has been steadily growing since opening its first U.S. store in Iowa in 1976.

In Delaware, ALDI has stores in Camden, Middletown and Stanton west of Wilmington.

The stores focus on the most commonly-purchased grocery items, displayed in their shipping boxes to help save time restocking shelves.

“We want everyone to have high-quality food at affordable prices. That’s why we do everything we do,” said Grammer. “We are private-label pioneers and have decades of experience satisfying shoppers. We make great food with the best partners, and we guarantee the quality of our private-label products. If for any reason shoppers don’t like an ALDI-exclusive product, we’ll give them their money back and replace the item.”

Shoppers will find more than 90 percent of the groceries are under ALDI exclusive brand names, hand-selected by ALDI to ensure the products meet or exceed the national brands on taste, quality and, of course, price, according to the ALDI website.

“We can’t promise you’ll find 10 choices of the same item, but we can promise you’ll find the best one,” said the website.

ALDI partners with a wide variety of growers, including some local farmers, to offer a wide variety of fresh, in-season produce, including organic fruits and vegetables.

“From USDA Choice meats to gluten-free and organic foods, we are committed to bringing our shoppers the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices,” the website said.

Each week, the stores also offer “ALDI Finds,” dozens of food and non-food products that include everything from small kitchen appliances and seasonal items to outdoor furniture and gardening tools.