Aldi’s 1000th store
Aldi is a German-owned $57 billion discount grocery store chain with 8,500 stores worldwide and about 900 stores in 25 states (Germany still accounts for half the stores and 2/3 of the sales). It ranks as the 9th largest chain in the world and the 25th largest in the US, with about $5.3 billion in sales and just recently opened its 1000th store in West Haven Connecticut. Aldi opened 100 stores in 2008 and looks to open 80 stores this year. Aldi does have a store in Springfield, OH as well, at 2091 Bechtle Ave.
Aldi in Springfield, OH
In 1991, Aldi bought a 91 acre parcel in the PrimeOhio Corporate Park, an industrial park in Springfield, Ohio that was developed by the Springfield-Clark County Community Improvement Corporation beginning in 1984. It proceeded then to invest over $20 million and build a 523,000 square foot warehouse complex. The Springfield distribution center is one of 17 nationwide and supplies about 60 stores in the southern two-thirds of Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, including a store in Springfield, Ohio itself. It seeks to expand to serve about 80 stores.
The $5M expansion in 2007
More recently in 2007, it invested another $5 million to add 63,000 square feet in additional freezer space and 60,000 more square feet in dry warehouse space. The existing 30,000 square foot freezer was renovated and converted to a meat and produce cooler, and the existing dry space was renovated as well, with more lights, finishes, and break room area. The 14,000 sf of office space was converted to Class A office space, and about 30% of the paving was replaced. The move was driven by increased consumer demand for refrigerated and frozen foods.
>> Facts about Aldi – http://bit.ly/xY7F6
>> Aldi Corporate home page – http://bit.ly/UxQuG
>> Profile of the Aldi Group – http://bit.ly/XYfjl
>> SNS article on new Columbus store – http://bit.ly/rof5F