Aldi Süd is a powerhouse of the discount channel, with operations in western and southern Germany, as well as interests in a number of European and international markets.
Boasting close to 50,000 employees in Germany and with each store featuring sone 1,750 base SKUs (of which 90% is private label), the retailer's reputation for everyday low prices and market-leading store-brand development is renowned around the globe.
With that in mind, ESM explores a number of facts that you might not have know about the discounter.
10 Things You Didn't Know About Aldi Süd
1. Aldi Süd recently hit its 2,000-store milestone. Aldi Süd opened its 2000th branch in Germany (pictured), in Hamminkeln-Mehrhoog, on January 26, 2023. The opening of the store comes 110 years after the first Aldi outlet opened its doors, in 1913.
2. The number of Aldi Süd stores in Germany has doubled since 1988. In October 1975, the company celebrated the inauguration of its 500th branch, followed by the opening of the 1,000th branch in spring 1988 and the 1,500th branch in October 2003.
3. Aldi Süd Jestetten boasts more checkout counters than any other store. The outlet, located on Schaffhauser Straße, has 12 checkout counters, holding the record for the highest number of checkout counters among all Aldi Süd locations.
4. Aldi Süd's oldest surviving outlet is nearly 60 years old. The Aldi Süd branch on Waldstraße, in Karlsruhe, opened its doors on February 27, 1964.
5. Aldi Süd boasts charging stations for electric vehicles at some 550 branches. The discounter continues to grow its network of charging stations across Germany.
6. Aldi Süd has constructed 1,300 photovoltaic systems. These systems provide solar power both to its stores and neighbouring communities. Its 1,000th photovoltaic system was erected in the Kerpen-Horrem branch on January 7, 2016.
7. Aldi Süd has opened apartments above several stores. Branches in Sindelfingen, Pforzheim, and Waldbronn feature new apartments, while the Landau branch features a student dormitory.
8. Aldi Süd's southernmost store in Germany is at an altitude of 720 metres above sea level. The store is located in Grainau, near the Zugspitze mountain, and close to the Austrian border.
9. Cologne is the city that boasts the most Aldi Süd branches. The North Rhine-Westphalia city has a total of 55 locations.
10. Aldi Süd's operations span 11 countries worldwide. These include Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, the USA, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and China, as well as its home market of Germany.
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