The chain believes its customers benefit from shorter distances and easier shopping, irrespective of their choice of transport.
Aldi Nord Store Network
Last year, Aldi Nord set up three specialised real estate offices in the metropolitan regions of Berlin, Hamburg and Essen.
Torsten Janke, managing director of real estate and expansion at Aldi Nord, said, "We want to consistently improve our customers' shopping and quality of life by investing in modern, easily accessible locations.
"More than ever, we are focusing on stores in central locations and at urban hubs to complement our store network. This allows us to be quickly and easily accessible for our customers, while at the same time helping to revitalise urban environments and strengthen infrastructure."
In addition to the sustainable standard store, the retailer also focuses on multi-story, space-saving construction methods and stores in shopping centres, or in combination with commercial, office space, and apartments.
As part of the modernisation of the Aldi Nord store network, the locations will also become more sustainable.
For example, new Aldi stores will operate without fossil fuels, thanks to photovoltaic systems and state-of-the-art integral technology that uses the waste heat from the cooling systems.
In freestanding stores, the chain is also increasingly relying on wood as a renewable building material, from the stud frame to the interior fittings.
"This not only makes ecological sense, but is also economical because of the recyclability of the building material. It helps ensure that we can continue to offer our customers high quality at the best possible prices in addition to a modern shopping atmosphere," explained Janke.