ALDI is the most popular grocery store in Inver Grove Heights. In fact, IGH has two ALDI grocery store locations, and one is going to go through a remodel and expansion. We also have four Holiday station stores, three Subway restaurants, and two McDonald’s restaurants – but that’s another story for another time.
For some reason people seem to always call ALDI, ALDI’s, with an s. Why? There is no s in the name ALDI. It’s not just an IGH, SSP or WSP theme either. People in every city with an ALDI refer to it as ALDI’s.
But in IGH, people also do the same thing with B52 Burgers and Brew. “We’re going to B52s tonight!” “Had a great time at B52s!”
Cub Foods is called Cubs.
Why is the S added?
People don’t say Hy-Vee’s, Targets, Walmarts, and didn’t say Rainbows when that store was in IGH and WSP.
So why is ALDI called ALDI’s?
The people at ALDI corporate office hear it as well – and they also cringe when the name is pronounced incorrectly. They’ve even considered marketing campaigns poking fun at how so many people pronounce the store name wrong.
Here is a fun fact about the name ALDI – and a way to remember and remind people that ALDI does not have an s: ALDI was started in 1913 as a family grocery business in Essen, Germany by brothers Karl Albrecht and Theo Albrecht. They started the idea of discount shops in Germany. They decided to have a limited range of goods and sell them at a discount price. In 1960, the company was split into Aldi Nord (Aldi North) under the control of Theo, and Aldi Süd (Aldi South) under the control of Karl.
So…The name ALDI is a combination of the name ALbrecht and DIscount – which was used to create ALDI.
The Inver Grove Heights ALDI is part of the ALDI Sud (south) company which is known as ALDI in the US. There is an Aldi Nord (north) in Germany that also owns Trader Joe’s in the US. There is NO affiliation between the two.
So there you have it. That’s how the name ALDI came about.
ALDI that is, not ALDI’s.