ALDI coming to former Kmart near Rehoboth

January 20, 2021

ALDI will soon open its first Sussex County store, taking over the space formerly occupied by Kmart and Spirit Halloween north of Rehoboth Beach. 

“We are excited to confirm we are planning to open our first ALDI store in Rehoboth Beach,” said Jeff Baehr, ALDI Frederick Division vice president. “We will reach back out once we have more specific details.”

Kmart closed its doors in early 2020. The unit, which shares a shopping center with And That!, PetSmart and Chick-fil-A, was also briefly used by Spirit Halloween last fall. 

Founded by the Albrecht family, the first ALDI store opened in 1961 in Germany, making ALDI the first discounter in the world. Headquartered in Batavia, Ill., ALDI now has more than 2,000 stores across 36 states, employs more than 25,000 people and has been steadily growing since opening its first U.S. store in Iowa in 1976.

The no-frills grocery shopping experience focuses on customers first, delivering high-quality food, responsive customer service, everyday low prices, and a quick-and-easy shopping experience with only four to five aisles and all the essentials. Shoppers will find more than 90 percent of the groceries offered are under ALDI-exclusive brands, hand-selected by ALDI to ensure that its products meet or exceed the national brands on taste, quality and price. 

ALDI partners with a wide variety of growers – including some local farmers – to offer a wide variety of fresh, in-season produce, including organic fruits and vegetables. From USDA Choice meats to gluten-free and organic foods, ALDI is committed to bringing shoppers the highest-quality products at the lowest possible prices.

More details regarding an opening date will be shared when released by ALDI officials. 


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