ALDI History

For over 40 years, we have stuck to the same guiding principle: great quality should come with everyday low prices.

In 1961, the Albrecht Family founded the world’s first discount grocery store in Germany. 16 years later in 1976, we opened our first ALDI store in Iowa. Today, with our ALDI headquarters in Batavia, Illinois, we have grown to more than 2,000 stores across 36 states with over 25,000 employees.

Our Story

See how we grew our small family business into what ALDI is today.

Our Model

Our no-frills shopping experience offers you:

  • High-quality food
  • Timely customer service
  • Everyday low prices
  • Smaller store layout for quick-and-easy shopping
  • Everyday items displayed in their original shipping boxes to save on restocking shelves.

Our Food

We hand-select and curate high-quality products for you and your family that meet or exceed the national brands in taste, quality and, of course, price. We also partner with a wide variety of local farmers to offer an array of fresh, in-season produce including organic fruits and vegetables.

From USDA Choice meats to gluten-free and organic foods, we are committed to bringing you the highest quality products at considerably lower prices than other grocery stores.

Our Difference

At ALDI, our small differences are making a big impact - in store and in your wallet – in the following ways:

Customer Consideration

We focus on purchasing the most popular grocery items so you can get in, get out and get home to your family all while enjoying our low prices.

Exclusive Brand Products

More than 90% of our exclusive ALDI products are tested in our Test Kitchen. In fact, these products taste the same, if not, better than national brands. If you’re not 100% satisfied, we stand by our Double Guarantee—we’ll replace the product AND refund your money.

ALDI Finds

Our customers can’t wait for our weekly ALDI Finds. Every Wednesday, they look forward to new food items, small kitchen appliances, seasonal decor, outdoor furniture, gardening tools and more that come to our stores, all at the low prices they love.

No Hidden Costs

At ALDI, we stick to groceries and ALDI Finds. We avoid non-essential services like banking, pharmacies and check cashing to bring more savings to you.