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Aldi is the familiar brand for basic but essential household items of German-controlled discounted supermarket chain stores, with over 10,500 shops located across over 22 countries. It has an estimated combined annual turnover of approximately € 50.5 billion.
The chain-store was established by two brothers - Theo and Karl Albrecht - back in 1946, shortly after gaining control of their mother's mini-market in Essen, Germany. The business was divided into two distinct groups in 1961, which later became Aldi Nord (Aldi North) - with its head office based in Essen, and Aldi Süd (Aldi South) - with its head office based in Mülheim.
In 1963, both entities launched the name Aldi (which is derived from a simplified abbreviation for the name - Albrecht Diskont). In Germany, Aldi Süd and Aldi Nord have been legally and financially divided since 1966 - although both entities' names appear as if they operate under a single retail brand.
Aldi's German operations consist of Aldi North's 40 companies with about 2,600 stores in northern, western, and eastern Germany, while Aldi South's 35 companies with 1,700 stores in southern and western Germany.
Within the international market, Aldi Nord operates in France, Denmark, the Benelux countries, Spain, Portugal, and Poland, while Aldi South operates in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Hungary, China, Australia, Austria, Italy, and Slovenia.
Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd (which trades as "Aldi") both operate in the U.S.A with over 1,700 stores between the two enterprises as of 2019. Moreover, the only international market with both Aldi companies working outside of their native Germany, is the Unites States.