Tampa Area Could Get More Aldi and Trader Joe’s Locations
It was announced this morning that ALDI is going to buy Winn-Dixie supermarkets. That’s big news here in Florida where Winn-Dixie still has so many locations in Tampa and St. Pete. It’s not known yet which Winn-Dixie stores might be converted to ALDI. But keep in mind another thing. ALDI has a very popular distant relative: Trader Joe’s.
According to Aldi Reviewer, Aldi was founded in Germany and came to the U.S. in 1976. A few years later, they bought Trader Joe’s. Thing is the Aldi that we know now in America is a separate but related company. Tasting Table explains that Trader Joe’s is a subsidiary of Aldi Nord, the “sibling company” of Aldi Sud – the company that owns Aldi here in America. Confused? Yeah me too.
This news today that Winn-Dixie locations will be owned by ALDI, is sparking MY hopes that we get more Trader Joe’s locations in the Tampa area. Aldi is great too – there are a lot of good buys. It’s definitely the option for the frugal shopper – there are no grocery bags or baggers. You have to leave a quarter deposit to rent a grocery cart. Stores are smaller like Trader Joe’s.
Right now we only have the 2 Trader Joe’s locations in the Tampa area; one in St. Pete and the other in Tampa. Not too far away is the Sarasota store and a new one coming to The Shoppes at University Town Center.
The Aldi’s acquisition will include 400 Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket locations across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. They hope to have the transaction finished within the next year. The regulatory approval and closing process comes first. The press release mentions only Aldi and Winn-Dixie. There’s no reference to Trader Joe’s. But one can hope right? [Sources: PR Newswire, Tasting Table, Aldi Reviewer]