ALDI Could Temporarily Close
a Store

The fastest-growing grocery chain in the U.S. in 2021 has been shutting shops. Some of its long-running sites have closed permanently, but the current closure is less dire.

If it can't recruit new personnel, the ALDI in Saranac Lake, New York, may close "indefinitely" in September.

Numerous employees are going away or returning to school in the fall, leaving it short-staffed to the point it may not open.

The shop manager says staffing has always been a problem, even during the epidemic.

Shoppers know this trend well. Chicago and Memphis ALDI stores closed this year. Instead of personnel shortages, revenues plummeted with frequent thefts.

Memphis' Orange Mound and Bethel Grove locations had been open for 15 years and Chicago's West Garfield Park for 30, so it was a blow to the community.

The West Side of Chicago, where the Auburn Gresham ALDI was located, was already a "food desert" before the shop closed.

The Memphis facility was burglarized in late May, but no one was hurt. Twelve incidents requiring police led to the store's permanent closure.

Repeated burglaries, property damage, and poor sales performance led to the decision, ALDI said.

ALDI is expanding despite store closures. The supermarket behemoth launched 90 outlets last year and plans to open 150 more by 2022.

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