A Chicago suburb's only grocery store is slated to close on Christmas Eve, and city officials are pleading with the popular grocery store chain to keep it open.
Aldi announced plans to close its Maywood location, at 215 W. Madison St., citing numerous other locations in surrounding suburbs.
“We take the closing of any ALDI store very seriously,” Aldi said in a statement. “In this case, we made a decision to close this store because there are several ALDI locations in the Bellwood, Broadview and Melrose Park areas that will continue to provide our customers with the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices. All of these stores are within a few miles of the Maywood location. We are pleased to share that all employees are able to transfer to surrounding ALDI stores.”
But area officials, including Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin and Congressman Danny Davis, are calling on Aldi to keep the location open, saying it is the only grocery store in the entire suburb.
“The community depends on this location as its sole source of healthy, nutritious food,” a statement from the elected officials read. “Many Maywood citizens simply do not have the means to travel to other stores in nearby communities.”
Boykin said he and his fellow politicians may offer tax incentives to Aldi to keep it from leaving.