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March 06, 2015

ALDI hiring 25 managers as Bottom Dollar purchase underway

The move could mean several former Bottom Dollar locations will reopen as ALDI markets.

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011515_BottomDollar_Carroll.jpg Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

This Bottom Dollar Food store in the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia recently closed.

ALDI Inc. is seeking to hire 25 additional manager trainees for its grocery stores in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey, a move that hints at the reopening of several former Bottom Dollar locations.

ALDI, a discount grocer with 1,300 locations throughout the United States, is purchasing the Bottom Dollar franchise from the Belgian-based Delhaize Group. The company plans to reopen some of the 66 Bottom Dollar locations throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey, but is withholding details until the completion of the sale. 

"ALDI and Delhaize are still working through the real estate transaction," senior vice president Julie Ketay wrote in an email. "We remain hopeful that the transaction will be completed by the end of March."

Bottom Dollar closed its doors in January, leaving some communities uncertain about their future access to staple foods and produce, including Chester and Philadelphia's Brewerytown neighborhood. Each of those communities welcomed Bottom Dollar after going years without a grocery store.

The hiring event is being held next Thursday and Friday at the ALDI store at 4421 Market St. in West Philadelphia. The positions pay at least $52,000 annually and include various benefits. More details can be found here.