Discount Grocer ALDI Bets Big on Houston, Plans 30 Stores

Discount grocer ALDI plans a grand entrance in the Houston market, opening 30 new stores over the next three years. According to an official statement, the company is expected to bring an investment of more than $100 million in capital expenditures to the local community, as well as creating nearly 400 jobs.

Discount grocer ALDI plans a grand entrance in the Houston market, opening 30 new stores over the next three years. According to an official statement, the company is expected to bring an investment of more than $100 million in capital expenditures to the local community, as well as creating nearly 400 jobs.

The first ALDI stores in Houston will open in the spring of 2013, with more than 10 new locations. Job opportunities will be available at every level, from cashiers to managers, with the recruitment process expected to begin in the coming weeks. All ALDI employees enjoy benefits including healthcare and 401K, and earn wages significantly higher than the industry standard.

The Houston stores will feature higher ceilings, improved natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials—such as recycled materials and energy-saving refrigeration and light bulbs.

A grocery retailer that has grown without merger or acquisition, ALDI opened 75 stores in the United States in 2011 and plans to open more than 80 stores in 2012. The discount grocer currently has more than 1,200 stores in 32 states, including 37 stores in Texas, most of which are located in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area.

“Our history and recent growth in Texas have us poised for great success in the Houston area, as more and more shoppers are discovering the high-value, high-quality shopping experience that ALDI offers,” said Scott Huska, division vice president for ALDI. “Our expansion will bring job opportunities with excellent pay and benefits to the Houston area. We are excited to bring these benefits to Houston as we continue our expansion in Texas.”

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