ALDI, is not a car, It is a discount grocer that “offers customers a smart alternative for select, quality items.” And ALDI is ready to spend $125 million in North Texas. Hey, ALDI division vice president, what do you have to say to your potential new customers? “We’re looking forward to becoming a part of the North Texas community and bringing great food and good jobs to the area,” said Scott Huska. “Grocery shoppers can expect a bill up to 50 percent less than anywhere they shop now, and employees can expect a great working environment with well-paying jobs. We’re excited to bring these benefits to Texas as we continue our expansion.” Jump for joy and more good news.
ALDI has already invested more than $50 million in capital expenditures, and plans to invest more. The $50 million, 500,000-square-foot Denton distribution center is currently under construction and will open in January 2010. The distribution center will service ALDI stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that will open beginning in March 2010.
While supermarket chains have closed stores in Texas, cutting jobs and leaving consumers with fewer choices, ALDI will be opening 25 stores initially, bringing warehouse jobs and positions including everything from managers to cashiers. ALDI employees enjoy great benefits such as health care, higher salaries and a 401(k) program.
Known for its high quality, select brands at the lowest possible prices, ALDI is able to offer these popular choices without consumers having to buy in bulk. The grocer ensures its ALDI select brands meet or exceed the national name brands in taste and quality by rigorously testing its brands against the competition in its independent test kitchen in the Batavia, Ill., headquarters.
A grocery retailer that has grown without merger or acquisition, ALDI has gone from averaging 20 to 30 new stores per year to opening more than 100 new locations across the United States in 2008 and plans to open more than 75 new stores in 2009.