ALDI Wins ICSC 2011 Hot Retailer Award
ALDI Inc. has won the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) 2011 Hot Retailer Award, which recognizes innovative retail concepts that inspire consumers to visit shopping centers worldwide. Based on a survey of ICSC’s global membership, ALDI was picked as one of the most popular retail concepts of 2011. The grocer received the honor at ICSC’s global retail real estate convention, RECon, on May 24 in Las Vegas at a presentation hosted by actor and fashion designer Carson Kressley.
“Every year, ICSC awards retailers that create unique and exciting shopping experiences that drive consumers into shopping centers around the world,: noted Michael P. Kercheval, president and CEO of New York-based ICSC, whose more than 55,000 members in 90-plus countries encompass shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. “These retailers provide outstanding products and services, thereby contributing to the overall success of the shopping centers that have them as tenants.”
“From selecting suppliers to scouting locations to building and operating stores, ALDI is geared toward creating savings substantial enough to impact shoppers’ everyday living," said David Behm, division VP at Batavia, Ill.-based ALDI. A grocery retailer that has expanded without a merger or acquisition, ALDI intends to open more than 80 stores in urban, suburban and rural areas in the United States in 2011.
Currently operating more than 1,100 U.S. stores in 31 states, the limited-assortment grocer sells more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased grocery and household items.