Batavia / IL. (aus) Aldi Inc. has agreed to purchase select fixed assets from the Delhaize Group for 15 million USD. The transaction, which includes the land, buildings and leasehold improvements associated with the Bottom Dollar Food banner, is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2015. The transaction includes 66 real estate locations in the greater Philadelphia and south-east New Jersey region, and the greater Pittsburgh area. Aldi has been offering the highest quality groceries at the lowest possible prices to smart shoppers throughout Pennsylvania and South-east New Jersey for more than 20 years. Currently, Aldi is in the early stages of an accelerated strategic growth plan. Rising demand for Aldi is fuelling significant expansion as growing numbers of smart shoppers are discovering that they can save time and money at Aldi without sacrificing quality. Aldi plans to open 650 new stores across the country, including expanding to Southern California, bringing its total number of US stores to nearly 2’000 by the end of 2018. The expansion is expected to create more than 10’000 new jobs at Aldi stores, warehouses and division offices across the U.S.