Aldi supermarket history

Who owns ALDI SUPERMARKET

Aldi Supermarket is short for Albrecht Diskont that is of German origin and is a global discount supermarket chain based in Germany. The chain is made of two separate groups; Aldi Nord (North which operates as Aldi Markt), with its headquarters in Essen and Aldi Sud (South, that operates as ALDI Sud), with its headquarters in Mulheim an der Ruhr.

The two chains operate independently, each within specific areas. ALDI’s German operations consist of Aldi Nord’s 35 individual regional companies with about 2,500 stores in western, northern, and eastern Germany, and Aldi Sud’s 31 regional companies with 1,600 stores in western and southern Germany.

The company was started in 1913 and expanded internationally in the 1950s and 1980s, experiencing rapid expansion after German reunification and the fall of the Iron Curtain. Internationally, the Aldi group operates over 8,000 stores worldwide.

A store opens roughly every week in Britain alone that goes to show that the company is doing very well even on foreign grounds. Aldi stores have quite a number of practices that distinguish it from the rest of the supermarkets and stores in the countries it operates.

An example is the non-acceptance of credit cards although Aldi Australia accepts MasterCard and Visa for a 0.5% surcharge.

Aldi specializes in staple items, such as food, beverages, toilet paper, sanitary articles, and other inexpensive household items. Many of its products are own brands, with the number of other brands usually limited to a maximum of two for a given item.

This increases sales for each article, and lets Aldi shops be smaller than stores with more brand choice.