Aldi’s grocery store in Geneseo, Ill., closed its doors, this time for good.
In a news release, Aldi officials said the company decided not renew its lease at 325 W. Main St., Geneseo, and closed its doors Sunday.
“We thank our Geneseo customers for their many years of loyalty and hope they’ll continue to enjoy shopping for the highest-quality products at the lowest prices possible at our Aldi stores nearby,” said Heather Moore, vice president, Dwight division, for Aldi. “In addition, we are pleased all of our employees are able to transfer to one of the other stores in the area so they may continue to provide the excellent service our customers have come to expect from us.”
An Aldi will open at the intersection of Crosstown Avenue and John Deere Road in Silvis this fall.
Aldi Food Stores announced in April 2008 that it would close its Geneseo store because of poor sales. A week later, Jewel-Osco announced it also would close, meaning two-thirds of the city’s grocery stores would leave town. Fareway is the third store in Geneseo.
But shortly after Jewel’s announcement, Aldi management changed direction and decided to stay. Jewel-Osco did close in May 2008.
Aldi, a discount grocery chain, has been in the Quad-Cities since 1976. The Silvis store will be the company’s fifth in the Quad-Cities. Aldi operates more than 1,200 U.S. stores in 32 states.
In December, Aldi closed a store on Rockingham Road in Davenport. But in the past two to three years, it has added new stores in the area. That includes stores at 1702 Brady St., Davenport, replacing a store that had been in that same location for many years. It added a new store at 5262 Elmore Ave., Davenport, and at 1880 38th St., Rock Island, Aldi added a new store in a former Ace Hardware store located across the street from a former Aldi Rock Island site.
Aldi also built a new store at 4211 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, that replaced two older stores in East Moline and Moline.