Aldi, the European-owned discount grocery store chain, has agreed to pay rival Delaize $15 million for the 66 Bottom Dollar discount groceries scheduled to close in Pennsylvania by the end of this year. Aldi won't say if it will reopen any of the stores; but it is inviting 2,200 Bottom  Dollar grocery and warehouse workers at the doomed facilities to apply for jobs at the Aldi's chain, spokeswoman Julie Ketay told me this morning. Aldi's has 85 stores in Pennsylvania, including the Philadelphia area, and more in South Jersey.

Aldi is also soliciting Bottom Dollar veterans at its two Pennsylvania warehouses: 2700 Saucon Valley Road in Center Valley, Pa., which is north of Quakertown near Allentown; and 6000 N. Noah Drive in Saxonburg, western Pennsylvania.

Aldi's was founded by members of Germany's Albrecht family. One group of cousins (Aldi Nord) operates stores in northern Europe and the U.S. Trader Joe's chain, while the separate Aldi Sud group's properties include the Aldi discount stores in the U.S.

As I reported in August, Delaize has been seeking a buyer for its Bottom Dollar stores after just four years in this area; it started closing local stores in 2013 .