Discount grocer Aldi says it will reopen 30 of the 66 former Bottom Dollar stores it took over in Pennsylvania, South Jersey and northeast Ohio after past owner Delhaize Group shut Bottom Dollar last year. 5 ex-Bottom Dollar stores in Philadelphia and 14 in the suburbs will reopen; 4 of Bottom Dollar's Philadelphia stores will stay shut, along with 13 in the suburbs.
Aldi, an Illinois-based U.S. arm of Germany's Albrecht family grocery conglomerate, said in 2013 it planned to spend $3 billion adding 650 new stores and 10,000 store, warehouse and office staff by 2018, bringing its total to almost 2,000 stores. The company "will continue working with" 36 ex-Bottom Dollar communities where it doesn't plan new stores "to ensure a new transition," Aldi CEO Jason Hart said in a statement.
Hart added that Aldi pays "generous compensation that is higher than those of other grocery retailers in the market," plus "full health benefits" for workers who put in over 25 hours a week. The company advertises $11.25 an hour for starting clerks, and says it will have a hiring fair in Abington on Monday March 30. The company lacks a worker pension plan but does offer a worker-paid 401(k) retirement investment plan. Aldi plans to reopen these ex-Bottom Dollar stores: (lists follow)
-- New Jersey: Bellmawr, 156 West Browning Road; Bordentown, 262-C Route 130; Cherry Hill, 2110 Route 38; East Windsor, 440 US Hwy 130; Edgewater Park, 4225 South Route 130; Glassboro, 812 North Delsea Drive; Lumberton, 1636 Route 38; Trenton, 2735 S. Broad Street; Woodbury 203 S. Broad Street
-- Pennsylvania: Coatesville, 154 Airport Road; Lansdowne, 48 W Baltimore Avenue; Levittown, 2990 Edgely Road; Philadelphia, 6119 N Broad Street; 3975 Castor Avenue; 3101 West Girard Avenue; 9303 Krewstown Road; 7900 Roosevelt Boulevard; Souderton, 703 Route 113; Willow Grove, 1955 Davisville Road; and stores in Aliquippa, Allentown (2011 Sheffield), Butler, Carnegie, Homestead, McKeesport, Nazareth, Pittsburgh (Baldwin, Ross, McKnight, Penn Ave., Penn Hills.)
Aldi will sell, sub-let or otherwise dispose of unwanted stores at these sites:
-- New Jersey: Cinnaminson, 1402 Route 130 North; Clementon, 165 White Horse Pike; Marlton, 230 N Maple Avenue; Turnersville, 5200 Route 42
-- Pennsylvania: Ambler, 217 E. Butler Ave.; Bensalem, 2134 Street Rd.; Chester, 1500 Edgmont Ave.; Downingtown, 925 E. Lancaster Ave.; East Norriton, 2826 DeKalb Pike; Feasterville/Trevose, 23 Bustleton Pike; King of Prussia, 197 E. DeKalb Pike; Penndel, 11 Bellevue Ave.; Philadelphia: 6301 Chew Ave., 901 Girard Ave., 3000 Grays Ferry Ave., 7627 Lindbergh Blvd.; Quakertown, 371 W. Broad St.; and in Allentown (2), Ambridge, Bethlehem, Bridgeville, Butler, Castle Shannon, Easton, Fountain Hill, McKees Rocks, new Castle, Penn Hills (1210 Frankstown), Reading (2), Whitehall.