Aldi (stylized as ALDI) is the common brand of two leading global discount supermarket chains with over 10,000 stores in 18 countries, and an estimated combined turnover of more than €50 billion.Based in Germany, the chain was founded by brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht in 1946 when they took over their mother’s store in Essen, which had been in operation since 1913. The business was split into two separate groups in 1960, that later became Aldi Nord, headquartered in Essen, and Aldi Süd, headquartered in Mülheim. In 1962, they introduced the name Aldi (a syllabic abbreviation for Albrecht Diskont), which is pronounced [ˈaldiː] (About this sound listen).

In Germany, Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd have been financially and legally separate since 1966, although both divisions’ names may appear (as if they were a single enterprise) with certain store brands or when negotiating with contractor companies. The formal business name is Aldi Einkauf GmbH & Compagnie, oHG. Aldi’s German operations consist of Aldi Nord’s 35 individual regional companies with about 2,500 stores in western, northern, and Eastern Germany, and Aldi Süd’s 32 regional companies with 1,600 stores in western and southern Germany.

Internationally, Aldi Nord operates in Denmark, France, the Benelux countries, the Iberian Peninsula, and Poland, while Aldi Süd operates in Ireland, Great Britain, Hungary, Switzerland, Australia, China, Austria and Slovenia (Aldi Süd operates as Hofer within the latter two countries). Both Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd also operate in the United States with 1,600 stores as of 2017. Aldi Nord is owner of the Trader Joe’s chain, while Aldi Süd operates as “Aldi”.

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Typical Lease Characteristics

Lease Term: 15-20 Years Years

Lease Type: NNN(absolute Net)

Lease Increases: Varies. Typically yes.

Tenant Overview

ALDI is the common brand of two leading global discount supermarket chains that boast over 10,000 stores in over 18 countries that span the globe from the United States all the way to Australia. ALDI—operationally split between Aldi Nord (known as Trader Joe’s in the U.S.) and Aldi Süd (known as ALDI in the U.S.)—

Given the strength of this tenant, and the relatively niche market that these stores serve, Aldi’s make for a sound net investment. Special consideration must be given to demographics however.


  • Worldwide presence with high brand recognition
  • Currently in expansion stage
  • Typically Long term leases with increases


  • Competitive Industry Sector
  • Not currently publically traded
  • Faces pressures from Online Grocers

Market Snapshots:

On Market Ranges:

# of Properties in set: 6

Price: $2,620,180 - $3,337,610Average: $3,119,259

PPSF: $190 - $250Average: $221

Year Built: 2012 - 2017Average: 2015

CAP Rate Range: 4.07% - 5.25%Average: 4.52%

Size range: 6,970 sq ft - 19,000 sq ft Average: 15,435 sq ft

Last 12 Month Range:

# of Properties in set: 7

Price: $2,015,620 - $2,473,720Average: $2,290,479

PPSF: $119 - $145Average: $131

Year Built: 2000 - 2018Average: 2009

CAP Rate Range: 4.27% - 5.33%Average: 5.03%

Size range: 13,928 sq ft - 23,000 sq ft Average: 17,671 sq ft

ALDI Company Profile

Headquarters Information

Essen, Germany

Founded in 1948

Company type: Private

Industry: Retail

# of Employees: 162,579

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