ALDI is in the middle of a multi-year growth, yet abrupt closings have occurred nearby. A Chicago business closed on June 12 according to reports.
Another ALDI store closed in West Garfield Park last October. Both stores closed without warning, leaving locals without a supermarket.
A supermarket chain representative informed ABC7 Chicago in late June that "Repeated burglaries and dwindling sales influenced our decision.
Keeping this business operating was no longer sustainable for our staff and customers. All of our staff can continue working at a nearby ALDI."
Similar justification was offered to Block Club Chicago reporters when the West Garfield Park ALDI shuttered.
Alderman David Moore of Chicago's 17th Ward said there's one food shop for 110,000 residents on the South and West sides. But they aren't the only closures.
A 15-year-old ALDI store in Memphis shuttered without warning in late May, WREG3 reports. A few days before its closure, there was a non-injury burglary.
Last year, 12 additional incidents required police. Repeated burglaries, property damage, and poor sales performance led to the decision, ALDI stated.
Eat This, Not That! has contacted ALDI for further details. The firm established 90 new stores last year, making it the fastest-growing supermarket chain in the U.S. in 2021.