|The new home of Aldi, in the Annandale Shopping Center, is currently being used by the Treasure Trove for furniture sales.|
“We’re excited to join the community and to be able to bring residents high-quality groceries at everyday low prices,” says Jeff Baehr, vice president of the Aldi division based in Frederick, Md.
The fast-growing Aldi chain, founded in Germany in 1961, has more than 1,500 stores in the United States and expects to have nearly 2,000 by 2018. The stores feature a “no-frills shopping experience,” the company’s website states. Many of the store’s products carry unfamiliar brand names.
Another Aldi store is under construction in the 4800 block of Duke Street, Alexandria, across from the Shoppes at Foxchase on the site of Tres Hermanas restaurant. There are two other Aldi’s in Alexandria, one on Lee Highway in Fairfax, and one on Backlick Road in Springfield.
The Bloom grocery store opened in January 2012 and closed two years later. Before that, the space sat empty for several years after a Magruder’s grocery store closed.