ALDI Closing a Store After Three Permanent Shutdowns
Despite being designated the fastest-growing food company in the U.S. in 2021, a well-known low-cost supermarket chain has been closing locations lately.
Several of its long-standing locations have had to close permanently due to issues, but the latest closure has somewhat better news.
If it can't find new workers, the ALDI in Saranac Lake, New York, may stop operating "indefinitely starting in September.
Due to its popularity as a summer vacation spot and population of just over 5,000, Saranac Lake is susceptible to labour shortages, which could prevent it from being able to operate.
The manager of the store claims that despite the pandemic, when most businesses had trouble retaining workers, the site has consistently had staffing issues.
However, the store has found it extremely difficult to hire and keep enough workers to operate successfully now that labour shortages are at their worst.
Two ALDI stores in Chicago and one in Memphis abruptly shuttered earlier this year. Instead of a lack of employees, these establishments experienced a decline in revenue as well as frequent thefts.
It was a blow to the neighbourhood that had become accustomed to it because the Memphis location had been operating in Orange Mound and Bethel Grove for 15 years and West Garfield Park in Chicago for 30 years.
Locals said they were already residing in a "food desert" before the store closed, in particular on the West Side of Chicago where the Auburn Gresham ALDI was.
Just a few days before it closed in late May, the Memphis facility witnessed a break-in, although no one was hurt. In the year before to the store's ultimate closure, there were further twelve incidents that required the involvement of the police.
In a statement following the incident, ALDI said that "frequent burglaries, property damage, and poor sales performance" were factors in the choice.
Despite the closures, ALDI has been expanding quickly. The supermarket behemoth established over 90 new outlets in 2018, and it plans to create 150 more by the end of 2022 if it keeps up its current pace.