Even though ALDI is in the midst of a massive, multi-year growth, a few unexpected store closings have nonetheless occurred—right nearby.
According to reports, a business in Chicago's Auburn Gresham area permanently closed its doors on June 12.
The South Side supermarket is the second to abruptly close in the past year; in October of last year, an ALDI store closed in the western West Garfield Park area.
Both arrived without giving employees or customers much warning, leaving local shoppers without access to a grocery.
A representative for the grocery chain said in late June that the decision to close the Auburn Gresham store was made in light of various issues, including a pattern of break-ins and dwindling sales.
It was no longer feasible to maintain this business operating for the sake of our staff and customers. All of our staff members have the choice to continue working at one of our other ALDI stores nearby.
Similar justifications were offered to media at Block Club Chicago after the ALDI in West Garfield Park closed.
Poor sales results and rising costs have simply made it unfeasible to maintain the store's operation, according to the justification given for the decision.
For the past 30 years, they have been happy to serve the West Garfield Park neighborhood's people, and they appreciate its devoted patrons.
According to Alderman David Moore of Chicago's 17th Ward, there is now just one grocery shop for every 110,000 residents on the South and West sides of the city.