Actually, our story is just beginning.
Since opening our first store in Germany in 1913, ALDI has won over more and more customers with our value, selection and service. Internationally, we operate more than 6,000 stores in 11 countries. Our first U.S. location opened in Iowa in 1976 and we now operate more than 1,800 stores in the U.S. that serve more than 45+ million customers every month. ALDI is one of the fastest-growing retailers in the nation, and we are charting an aggressive growth course to become the third-largest U.S. grocery retailer by store count by the end of 2022.
Anna Albrecht opened a small food store in Essen, Germany. In 1948, her sons took over the store and expanded to 4 locations.
We opened our first self-service store in Essen-Schonnebeck. This was the first of its kind in Germany.
A name is born
Albrecht + Discount = ALDI
We shortened “Albrecht Discount” to ALDI, and by 1968, we had more than 200 ALDI locations.
Welcome to Iowa
Our first U.S. location opened in southeastern Iowa.
We expanded to Great Britain and Ireland, opened 300 new U.S. stores and launched new divisions across the Midwest.
We expanded to Australia, Slovenia and Hungary, opened 220 new U.S. stores and launched new divisions in Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
Expansion in the U.S.
We opened more than 340 new U.S. stores as well as new divisions that expanded our footprint across the United States, from Connecticut and Florida, to Texas and California.
Growing & growing
We’re experiencing unprecedented growth in the United States, opening over 100 new stores every year. ALDI is one of the fastest-growing retailers in the nation, and we are charting an aggressive growth course to become the third-largest U.S. grocery retailer by store count by the end of 2022.
ALDI Division Map
To help us work better across the country, we break it down into 25 divisions. That’s how ALDI can effectively and efficiently manage all of our stores from coast to coast. With so many locations, that means you can find an ALDI opportunity near you.
Structured for success.
ALDI is more than a grocery store. Much, much more. We’re an international organization with teams from all backgrounds spread across the world. We’re Logistics Professionals, IT gurus, Quality Assurance Specialists, Corporate Buyers, District Managers, Store Associates and Master Chefs, just to name a few. From our U.S. Corporate Office in Batavia, Illinois, our Naperville Corporate Administration Campus and our Aurora NIT Campus, to all of our stores around the world, we share a love of helping our customers and an ambition to make ALDI more successful. Here’s how we break things down:
How do we provide the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices? By focusing on responsibility, consistency and simplicity in everything we do. We also offer our own exclusive brands and private label products that maintain our quality standards at a more affordable cost.
Our stores offer customers the most commonly purchased grocery and household products in the most sought after sizes. Also, our stores are built to be smaller and more manageable and they’re designed with sustainable, long-term savings in mind.
Other unique features of ALDI stores:
Our customers bring their own or buy our reusable bags
25 cent deposit
Cart deposit system encourages customers to return carts and eliminates the need for our employees to spend time retrieving carts
All packaging doubles as product displays, which saves time and money
Twice as nice
If customers aren’t 100% satisfied, we replace the product and refund their money
Our stores are modestly sized and don’t offer non-essential services
Our own network
In-house distribution network streamlines operations
Open with purpose
Not operating 24/7 lowers labor, energy and rent costs
When you step into an ALDI, one of the first things you’ll notice are the unique ALDI-exclusive brands. That’s because we focus on our own private label brands that deliver top quality at an affordable price. In fact, 90% of all the products we carry are private label. Our ALDI-exclusive products are tested in our Test Kitchen to ensure they meet or exceed the national brand quality standards. And we can pass these savings onto our customers. This is just one way that we continue to deliver the highest quality products at the best prices.
Want to know just how good our products are?
Take a look at our product awards HERE.Link opens in new window
Over 400+ Aldi product awards in 2018. 97 Award-winning wines. 13 "Best" new products - Determined by BrandSpark's 2018 consumer survey and real user feedback from Shopper Army.