Aldi ex­pands in tri-county re­gion

Com­pany looks to add staff for new Pottstown, Malvern stores

The Community Connection - - RELIGION - By Donna Rovins drovins@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mer­cBiz on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA » The Aldi gro­cery store chain con­tin­ues its ex­pan­sion — in­clud­ing in the tri-county re­gion. The su­per­mar­ket chain will soon be open­ing stores in Pottstown and Malvern — part of a $3.4 bil­lion in­vest­ment by Aldi to build new stores across the coun­try.

The new Pottstown store, in the Pottstown Cen­ter Shop­ping Cen­ter, 223 Shoe­maker Road, is sched­uled to open at the end of June, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany. The new Malvern store will be lo­cated at 5 Matthews Road, and is sched­uled to open in the fall, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

“When it comes to choos­ing store lo­ca­tions, we look at many fac­tors. We want the best sites that are clos­est to our shop­pers and can sup­port a high daily traf­fic vol­ume,” said Bob Gram­mer, Aldi Cen­ter Val­ley Division vice pres­i­dent. “Bot­tom line, we want to be con­ve­niently lo­cated for our shop­pers.”

The new Pottstown Aldi will oc­cupy a space that has been empty since Weis Mar­kets closed its Pottstown su­per­mar­ket in Novem­ber 2013. When it opens, the new Pottstown Aldi lo­ca­tion will be the third in the Pottstown area.

“A typ­i­cal Aldi store has 12,000 square feet of retail space,” Gram­mer added. “The Aldi store lay­out is sim­ple, with only four or five aisles, mak­ing it much eas­ier to nav­i­gate than a big box store.”

The Pottstown and Malvern stores are among 750 new stores the com­pany plans to open by the end of 2022. The su­per­mar­ket chain cur­rently op­er­ates 1,750 stores.

To pre­pare for the open­ings, Aldi is look­ing for staff for the new stores, as well as ex­ist­ing stores in Blue Bell, Coatesville, Ex­ton, Lim­er­ick, Norristown and Lower Pottsgrove.

The first event will be held Fri­day, June 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Aldi at 297 Ar­mand Ham­mer Boule­vard in Lower Pottsgrove — to fill po­si­tions in Blue Bell, Lim­er­ick, Norristown, Lower Pottsgrove and the new Pottstown store.

The sec­ond event will be held Thurs­day, June 7 from 2 to p.m. at the Aldi at 154 Air­port Road, Coatesville — to fill po­si­tions in Coast­esville, Ex­ton and the new Malvern store.

Ac­cord­ing to Gram­mer, the com­pany is look­ing for em­ploy­ees to serve a va­ri­ety of roles in­clud­ing shift man­agers and full-time store as­so­ciates.

Ap­pli­cants must be 18 years or older to ap­ply, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Aldi. A high school diploma or GED is pre­ferred. Ap­pli­cants must be avail­able to work any time be­tween 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., Mon­day through Sun­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s web­site, ap­pli­cants are asked to at­tend the hir­ing event. They can also sub­mit their re­sume/ap­pli­ca­tion prior to at­tend­ing by vis­it­ing the Aldi ca­reers web­site at https://ca­reers.aldi.us .

“Job seek­ers who at­tend the hir­ing event will be asked to fill out an ap­pli­ca­tion and may be asked about avail­abil­ity and other job re­quire­ments,” Gram­mer said.

Aldi’s on­go­ing ex­pan­sion is ex­pected to make the com­pany the third largest gro­cery store by count in the U.S. — serv­ing an es­ti­mated 100 mil­lion cus­tomers per month, ac­cord­ing to com­pany in­for­ma­tion. The ex­pan­sion is ex­pected to add 25,000 new jobs in stores, ware­houses and of­fices.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Aldi, visit Aldi.us.

DONNA ROVINS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Aldi con­tin­ues its ex­pan­sion in the tri-county re­gion with new stores open­ing soon in Pottstown and Malvern. In this photo, work con­tin­ues on the planned Pottstown Aldi, lo­cated at the Pottstown Cen­ter Shop­ping Cen­ter on Shoe­maker Road. The lo­ca­tion is slated to open in late June.

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