ALDI Just Reopened a Store Weeks After Closing Others


City records show that an ALDI store northwest of downtown Chicago reopened in August after failing two inspections, The Chicago Department of Public Health found last month that the location


had hundreds of small flying insects near containers of produce, in a storage facility, and near indoor dumpsters because of food waste on the ground and lids not being fully closed,

as well as a leak in the women's restroom, and numerous areas in need of cleaning, among other violations.It's the second time the location has faced inspection issues this year.

In April it also failed a health inspection but passed a subsequent follow-up. However, it isn't the only ALDI store to shut down temporarily or permanently—even in the Windy City.

Last October a location in West Garfield Park shut down without much notice to shoppers or employees. the company blamed "Poor sales performance and increased expenses [that] have simply made it

unsustainable to keep the store open, & said that they have been proud to serve the residents of the West Garfield Park neighborhood over the past 30 years, & we thank our customers for their loyalty

Then in May a store closed without warning in Memphis after 15 years of serving locals there. It was robbed a few days before the closing, an occurrence ALDI said attributed to the closing.

But they weren't done—a few weeks later another Chicago location, this time in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood, shut its doors for good, too.In a similar statement to the one given

about the closing of the West Garfield Park store, ALDI said that "Our decision was based on several factors, including repeated burglaries and declining sales. Out of concern for our employees

& customers, keeping this store open was no longer a sustainable option. All of our employees have been given the option to continue working at one of our other ALDI locations in the immediate area,

It ultimately has created a food desert—leaving shoppers in the area without a supermarket.

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