ALDI is best known for its low prices on off-brand products, but this summer has been a turbulent one. Since the fall of last year, the company has faced closures — some abrupt and others said to be temporary — due to poor performance, worker shortages and even insect infestations. Fortunately for shoppers, one that has been closed is open again.
City records show an ALDI store northwest of downtown Chicago reopened in August after failing two inspections, according to Block Club Chicago. The Chicago Department of Public Health found last month that the site had hundreds of small flying insects near product containers, in storage facilities and near indoor trash cans due to food waste on the ground and lids that were not fully closed, as well as leaking in the women’s restroom and several areas in need of cleaning, among other violations.
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It is the second time the site has had inspection problems this year. In April it also failed a health inspection but passed a follow-up. However, it’s not the only ALDI store to close temporarily or permanently—even in the Windy City.
Last October a West Garfield Park location closed without much notice to shoppers or employees. the company blamed “Poor sales performance and increased expenses [that] they have simply made it unsustainable for the store to remain open,” according to Block Club Chicagoand said they “are proud to have served the residents of the West Garfield Park neighborhood for the past 30 years and thank our customers for their loyalty.”
Then in May a store closed without warning in Memphis after 15 years of serving locals there. It was stolen just days before the closing, an incident ALDI said was attributed to the closing. But they weren’t done—a few weeks later, another Chicago location, this time in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood, closed its doors for good, too.
In a similar statement to the one issued for closing the West Garfield Park store, ALDI said “our decision was based on many factors, including repeated burglaries and declining sales. Out of concern for our employees and customers , keeping that store open was no longer a viable option. All of our employees have been given the option to continue working at one of our other ALDI locations in the immediate area,” according to the local news station ABC7 Chicago. It ultimately created a food desert – leaving shoppers in the area without a supermarket.
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It’s a situation ALDI shoppers in New York City could face at the end of summer. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise recently reported that the ALDI near Saranac Lake could close its doors when schools reopen due to staff shortages. Right now the store may remain open, but many of the workers are moving away or going back to school. Eat this, not that! has contacted ALDI for more information on all of these closures.