Aldi, a discount supermarket chain headquartered in Batavia, Ill., is building its first store in the city in Queens. The chain, a sister unit of popular discounter Trader Joe's, has begun hiring managers for the outpost, which is expected to open early next year.
With more than 1,000 stores in the U.S., Aldi's debut here will ramp up grocery competition.
“They shake up a market,” said supermarket consultant Burt Flickinger. “And they don't come in with just one store. They'll open five, then 10 and 15.”
A spokeswoman for Aldi, whose owners Theo and Karl Albrecht also own Trader Joe's, declined to say where in Queens the store is being built.