Aldi closes four stores in Portugal

German low-cost supermarket Aldi is streamlining its business in Portugal by shutting down four outlets, in Portalegre, Entroncamento, Ourém and Odivelas, and transferring most of the staff elsewhere. It is not so much “Adios” but “Adieu” as the company claims to be in “frank expansion nationally” and may well open new stores or even reopen the closed outlets in due course.

Portugal spokesman Rui Farinha told Lusa that the move is simply a “repositioning” of Aldi brand and an “adjustment to the national market”.

For the time being, only the jobs of staff in Portalegre are in question. All the others will be transferred to other stores in the chain, said Farinha.

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