February 17, 2019

ALDI construction on schedule for fall opening

Store to hold hiring event in August


WEST BRANCH — Construction at the location of the new ALDI Food Market in West Branch is under way, and District Manager Chelsea Howe said everything is on schedule.

“As of right now, we are right on track for a late fall opening,” Howe said.

As the opening date gets closer, Howe said the store will employ around 20 people in positions ranging from store associates to shift managers.

“ALDI also offers a manager trainee program that is a yearlong program designed for future store managers,” she said. “Applicants are welcome to apply for this position as well.”

Most positions will be full-time, but she said the store will be looking for part-time employees as well.

Those interested in working at ALDI can attend a hiring event Aug. 6 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the West Branch Quality Inn. She said applicants do not need to pre-register.

“Applicants will be able to fill out applications and turn them in to myself, as well as a couple other district managers that will be helping out that day,” she said.

She said applications can also be found online. Resumes will be accepted but are not mandatory. Candidates will be asked a few questions on the spot.

“Applicants will be contacted by the end of the week on Aug. 10 for first-round interviews that will take place the following week,” Howe said. “Ideally, we would like to have candidates started by the end of August, beginning of September.”

The site plan for the new store was approved by the West Branch Township Planning Commission in December of last year. The Herald previously reported the construction of the store is part of a nationwide expansion, with the company expecting to have nearly 2,500 locations by the end of 2022.

The ALDI store will be located north of Burger King across the Business Loop from Walmart.


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