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ALDI Completes Purchase of Delhaize Group's Bottom Dollar Food Real Estate Sites

ALDI Grows Footprint in Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey with plans to open ALDI stores at 30 former Bottom Dollar Food Locations

March 27, 2015 11:00 AM EDT

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BATAVIA, Ill., March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ALDI, the nation's low price grocery leader*, today announced it has completed its purchase of 66 real estate assets from the Delhaize Group. The transaction includes the land, buildings and leasehold improvements associated with Delhaize's recently retired Bottom Dollar Food operation.

"ALDI has been offering fresh, affordable groceries in Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey communities for 20 years. With the completion of this real estate transaction, we are able to ramp up our expansion plans in the region to meet the growing demand for the ALDI difference: high-quality groceries at everyday low prices in an easy-to-shop store," said Jason Hart, CEO, ALDI. "While we are excited to pursue opening ALDI stores at 30 of these locations, we will continue working with those communities where we will not be using the sites to ensure a smooth transition."

In December 2013, ALDI embarked on an accelerated growth plan to open 650 new stores by the end of 2018, with the goal of operating nearly 2,000 stores across the country. ALDI also is planning to invest more than $3 billion to pay for land, facilities and equipment. When the expansion is complete, ALDI will have stores coast-to-coast and anticipates serving more than 45 million customers per month. The expansion is expected to create more than 10,000 new jobs at ALDI stores, warehouses and division offices.

"At ALDI, we are committed to being an employer of choice as we know the significant contributions that our people add to the business by providing excellent service day after day," said Hart. "To attract and retain the best talent, we are proud to offer our employees generous compensation that is higher than those of other grocery retailers in the market. In addition, associates working at least 25 hours per week receive full health benefits, and all ALDI employees are invited to participate in our 401(k) program."

Growth is accelerating at ALDI due to the appeal of its unique business model that lets smart shoppers save up to 50 percent** on more than 1,300 of the most commonly purchased grocery items, including more than 70 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables, including organic produce. In fact, ALDI has been recognized as the nation's low-price grocery leader for four consecutive years, as well as one of the top three favorite grocery store chains in America, according to consumer surveys* conducted by Market Force Information, Inc., the world's leading customer intelligence solutions company.

"Not only are we growing our geographic footprint, but we're expanding our product offerings as well. We continue to increase our healthy food and on-trend options, including fresh produce, USDA choice meats, dairy products and baked goods, along with our new SimplyNature line that includes several organic items, and our liveGfree line of gluten-free products," added Hart. "With everything ALDI has to offer, it's no surprise to us that more and more people are discovering that they don't have to sacrifice quality and taste to save money by shopping at ALDI."

ALDI generates savings for its customers through a low-overhead approach that focuses on offering high quality, premium products and includes cost-saving measures such as:

  • Volume purchasing: By concentrating its full buying power on 1,300 of the most commonly purchased grocery items in the most common size, ALDI secures sizable discounts.
  • Exclusive brand products: More than 90 percent of products at ALDI are their own exclusive brands rather than national brands.
    • In the ALDI Test Kitchen, ALDI ensures that its products meet or exceed the quality and taste of national name brands.
    • All ALDI food products are backed by the Double Guarantee. If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product AND refund the purchase price.
  • Special Buys: Each week, ALDI offers 20-30 food and non-food products at a great value that include everything from small kitchen appliances and seasonal items to outdoor furniture and gardening tools.
  • No hidden costs: ALDI has a streamlined approach that avoids non-essential services such as banking, pharmacies, check cashing and bagging clerks. Those savings result in lower prices for consumers.

A list of the company's intentions for each of the 66 real estate locations follows.

About ALDI Inc. A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates nearly 1,400 US stores in 32 states, primarily from Kansas to the East Coast. More than 30 million customers each month save up to 50 percent** on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells more than 1,300 of the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which must meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. ALDI was named the 2014 Retailer of the Year by Store Brands Magazine for its strong commitment to value and innovation-focused private brand product development. For more information about ALDI, visit www.aldi.us.

*According to a survey of more than 6,000 consumers conducted in March 2014 by Market Force Information.**Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.

ALDI intends to re-open the following sites as ALDI stores:

New Jersey

City

Street Address

Bellmawr

156 West Browning Road

Bordentown

262-C Route 130

Cherry Hill

2110 Route 38

East Windsor

440 US Hwy 130

Edgewater Park

4225 South Route 130

Glassboro

812 North Delsea Drive

Lumberton

1636 Route 38

Trenton

2735 S. Broad Street

Woodbury

203 S. Broad Street

Pennsylvania

City

Street Address

Aliquippa

2011 Sheffield Road

Allentown

1856 Catasauqua Road

Butler

196 Bon Aire Plaza

Carnegie

1160 Washington Avenue

Coatesville

154 Airport Road

Homestead

127 E. 7th Avenue

Lansdowne

48 W Baltimore Avenue

Levittown

2990 Edgely Road

McKeesport

300 Eden Park Boulevard

Nazareth

4034 Jandy Boulevard

Philadelphia

6119 N Broad Street

Philadelphia

3975 Castor Avenue

Philadelphia

3101 West Girard Avenue

Philadelphia

9303 Krewstown Road

Philadelphia

7900 Roosevelt Boulevard

Pittsburgh (Baldwin Borough)

5239 Brownsville Road

Pittsburgh (Ross Township)

7221 McKnight Road

Pittsburgh

5200 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh (Penn Hills)

7350 Saltsburg Road

Souderton

703 Route 113

Willow Grove

1955 Davisville Road

The following sites will be evaluated for sale, sublease or assignment:

New Jersey

City

Street Address

Cinnaminson

1402 Route 130 North

Clementon

165 White Horse Pike

Marlton

230 N Maple Avenue

Turnersville

5200 Route 42

Ohio

City

Street Address

Warren

1756 North Road

Youngstown

890 East Midlothian Boulevard

Youngstown

3377 Mahoning Avenue

Youngstown

2649 Glenwood Avenue

Pennsylvania

City

Street Address

Allentown

3235 Hamilton Boulevard

Allentown

2919 Lehigh Street

Ambler

217 E. Butler Avenue

Ambridge

651 11th Street

Bensalem

2134 Street Road

Bethlehem

719 Stefko Boulevard

Bridgeville

1155 Washington Pike

Butler

750 Butler Crossing

Castle Shannon

300 Mount Lebanon Boulevard

Chester

1500 Edgmont Avenue

Downingtown

925 East Lancaster Avenue

East Norriton

2826 DeKalb Pike

Easton

2431 Butler Street

Feasterville-Trevose

23 Bustleton Pike

Fountain Hill

1529 Broadway

King of Prussia

197 E DeKalb Pike

McKees Rocks

1100 Chartiers Avenue

New Castle

1700 Wilmington Road

Penn Hills

12012 Frankstown Road

Penndel

11 Bellevue Avenue

Philadelphia

6301 Chew Avenue

Philadelphia

901 West Girard Avenue

Philadelphia

3000 Grays Ferry Avenue

Philadelphia

7627 Lindbergh Boulevard

Quakertown

371 West Broad Street

Reading

423 Lancaster Avenue

Reading

4270 Perkiomen Avenue

Whitehall

1167 MacArthur Road

 

 

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SOURCE ALDI Inc.



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