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Aldi is a German chain of discount grocery stores that entered the Birmingham market with the opening of its Bessemer store on Academy Drive in January 2007. The chain was founded in Essen, Germany in 1948, and saw its first U.S. store open in Iowa in 1976. The chain is noted for carrying a limited selection of various food and home products in addition to having innovative means to cut costs to the consumer such as charging for bags and having a refundable cart rental charge of 25¢.

Current locations

Aldi in Huffman, April 2011

Former locations


  • Staff Reports (December 27, 2006) "Aldi grocers to open in Bessemer." Birmingham News
  • Aldi History Accessed May 9, 2007
  • Gray, Jeremy (January 11, 2008) "Aldi Grocery plans store at Big Mountain Center." Birmingham News
  • Williams, Roy L. (December 6, 2008) "Crestwood Boulevard Big Lots to close; Aldi grocer plans store nearby." Birmingham News
  • Kent, Dawn (July 19, 2009) "Aldi looks at Pelham after Crestwood opening." Birmingham News

External links

  • Aldi official website