Discount grocer Aldi said Friday that it will reopen 30 of the 66 former Bottom Dollar stores it took over in Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and northeast Ohio after the previous owner, the Delhaize Group, shut Bottom Dollar last year.
Five ex-Bottom Dollar stores in Philadelphia and 14 in the suburbs will reopen. Four 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 a $3 billion expansion, and Friday's announcement is part of that effort.
Aldi CEO Jason Hart said in a statement that his stores pay "generous compensation that is higher than those of other grocery retailers in the market," plus "full health benefits" for workers who put in more than 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. The company lacks a worker pension plan, but does offer a worker-paid 401(k) retirement investment plan.
Aldi plans to reopen these 19 former Bottom Dollar stores in the Philadelphia area:
Philadelphia: 6119 N. Broad Street; 3975 Castor Ave.; 3101 West Girard Ave.; 9303 Krewstown Rd.; 7900 Roosevelt Blvd.
Pennsylvania suburbs: Coatesville, 154 Airport Rd.; Lansdowne, 48 W. Baltimore Ave.; Levittown, 2990 Edgely Rd.; Souderton, 703 Route 113; Willow Grove, 1955 Davisville Rd.
New Jersey: Bellmawr, 156 West Browning Rd.; Bordentown, 262-C Route 130; Cherry Hill, 2110 Route 38; East Windsor, 440 U.S. Hwy 130; Edgewater Park, 4225 South Route 130; Glassboro, 812 North Delsea Drive; Lumberton, 1636 Route 38; Trenton, 2735 S. Broad St.; Woodbury 203 S. Broad St.