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The ALDI Story.


ALDI is the nation’s low-price grocery leader. Our growth and success are attributed to our commitment to building efficiencies at every level—from store construction, to distribution, to the specific products we stock. Our success shows we are as much a philosophy as we are a grocery store. Every aspect of our operations has been rethought and reinvented to maximize the quality of our products and savings for our customers.

The History of ALDI.

  • 1914

    In 1914, Anna Albrecht opened a small food store in the mining town of Essen, Germany, and by 1948, her sons took over the business and expanded to 4 locations.

  • 1954

    In 1954, they opened their first self-service store in Essen-Schonnebeck, a first in Germany.

  • 1962

    ALbrecht + DIscount = ALDI
    In 1962, “Albrecht Discount” was shortened to “ALDI,” and by 1968 there were more than 200 ALDI South locations.

  • 1976

    In 1976, ALDI made its U.S. debut in southeastern Iowa.

  • 1990s

    ALDI expanded to Great Britain in 1990, Ireland in 1999, Australia in 2001, Slovenia in 2005 and Hungary in 2008.

  • 2000s

    New divisions opened up in South Windsor, Connecticut, and Haines City, Florida, in 2008, Denton, Texas, in 2010, and Jefferson, Georgia, in 2011.

  • 2016+

    Today, ALDI is experiencing unprecedented growth in the United States, with recent openings into Royal Palm Beach, FL; Rosenberg, TX and Moreno Valley, CA. Currently there are more than 1,600 stores in 35 states and 4,000 stores worldwide!

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Led by Three Core Values.

At ALDI, we believe in providing value and quality to our customers by being fair and efficient in everything we do. Led by three core values, we maintain a commitment to delivering more to our employees and our customers, every day.

  • Consistency Leads to reliability.
  • Simplicity Creates efficiency and clarity.
  • Responsibility Stands for our commitment to others, fairness and honesty.

What's the ALDI Difference?

Our unique business model enables us to provide the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices. This value stems from the numerous efficiencies and innovations we’ve instituted at every level of our organization. Our stores offer the customer over 1,400 of the most commonly purchased grocery and household products in the most common size – in a smaller, more manageable environment designed with sustainable, long-term savings in mind.

  • Customers bring their own bags or buy our reusable bags to save money
  • Innovative cart rental system helps keep prices low and eliminates time spent retrieving carts
  • Specially designed packaging doubles as product displays, saving time and money on stocking and replenishment
  • Modest store size plus eliminating non-essential grocery store services means ALDI captures the very essence of conservation and savings for customers
  • In-house distribution network streamlines operations and maximizes efficiencies, resulting in even greater savings for customers
  • Not operating 24 hours a day lowers labor, energy & rent costs, with savings passed on to customers

Responsibility is our Response.

Simplicity, consistency, responsibility – these are our core values. Our business model is simple: great quality at the best price, fair and honest product offers, and efficient business processes. As a reliable partner, we are true to our word. In all we do, we assume responsibility towards our customers, business partners, employees, the community, and the environment. Our Corporate Responsibility (CR) Principles summarize our commitments to people and planet. They guide all of us in our day-to-day actions and are a strict requirement of our business partners.

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Benefits at ALDI.

All full-time employees will receive the following:

  • Industry-leading wages
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance & Prescription Coverage
  • Generous vacation time & 7 paid holidays
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching contribution
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Dependent Life Insurance
  • Explosive growth
  • Competitive salaries
  • Stable organization
  • Real responsibility