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Abrupt closure of Auburn Gresham Aldi store stuns community – NBC Chicago

An Aldi store on Chicago’s South Side abruptly closed this week, stunning residents and leaving community leaders to question the company’s motives in executing the closure.

The store, located in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood at 76e Street and Ashland, closed abruptly this week, with doors closed and road signs all closed.

“It’s a little frustrating, but it takes some getting used to,” said resident Coryn Neal. “You have to survive.”

The closure comes just a month after a Whole Foods store in Englewood announced it would close soon, and city leaders are unhappy that grocers are leaving the South Side.

“It’s unfair”, 16e Ald district. said Stephanie Coleman. “It’s not acceptable, especially in communities like Englewood, like Auburn Gresham, like Chicago Lawn.”

In a statement, Aldi said the store closure was based on increasing cases of theft on site, as well as declining sales.

“Our decision was based on several factors, including repeated break-ins and declining sales,” the company said. “Out of concern for our employees and our customers…keeping this store open was no longer a sustainable option.”

Today the aldermen representing these neighborhoods say they want answers from both companies.

“For me, it’s not just about store closures. I know full well that this is discrimination,” Ald. said David Moore.

“Good old ‘crime felony’ relief, there just wasn’t a case,” Neal added.

Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown said the city has seen a reduction in crime in areas targeted by police, including the Auburn neighborhood of Gresham.

“We’re focusing on areas like Auburn Gresham, which has seen more than its fair share of crime and is currently experiencing some of the biggest declines in the city,” he said.

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