Aldo Groupe

{category|}The ALDO Groupe owns and operates a worldwide chain of shoe & accessory stores. The company was founded by Aldo Bensadoun in Montreal, Quebec in 1972 where its corporate headquarters remain today. It has grown to become a worldwide corporation, with over 950 stores under 6 retail banners: ALDO, ALDO Accessories, Spring, Feetfirst (FIRST in the United States), Globo and Little Burgundy (formerly Stoneridge). Each banner caters to a distinct well-defined customer group. There are also ALDO outlet, ALDO Kids, ALDO Liquidation, Spring Liquidation, and clearance stores in select locations. Canadian, American and UK stores are corporate stores while international stores are franchisees. The company once operated the now closed or re-branded banners: Simard & Voyer, Pegabo, Transit and Stoneridge.

ALDO History

"'1966 – Home BaseAldo Bensadoun completes his French military service, teaching Economics at the École de Cavalerie de Saumur. Shortly thereafter, he returns to his favourite city, this time making Montreal his home.

1972 – The Early DaysALDO Shoes is founded as a footwear concession within a chain of popular fashion boutiques. The original group includes 4 Canadian stores in Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City and Winnipeg."'1978 – The First Store"'The first freestanding ALDO store opens on Sainte-Catherine Street in Montreal, Canada, ending the practice of leased departments within the chain of clothing fashion boutiques.

1980 – 1993 ExpansionBy 1980, the company becomes independent and prospers. Over the course of the next 13 years, 95 freestanding stores operate under the trade name ALDO.

1991The company launches the Transit banner in Canada, to cater to a younger client group.

1996The company launches the FeetFirst banner which carries brand names that focus on comfort and thus caters to an older client group. "'1993 – 2001 Evolution"'ALDO initiates its retail entry into the U.S. market. The first ALDO U.S. store opens near Boston, Massachusetts. Over the course of the next 9 years, approximately 125 stores open in the U.S. alone. By the end of this period ALDO also operates over 180 successful stores in regional malls and key fashion street locations in most major Canadian urban centers.

"'1994 – First International Store"'ALDO ventures outside of North America under its first franchise agreement in Israel.

2001 – Gulf StatesALDO’s success in Israel sets the course for an International business model. ALDO grants franchise rights in United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states. A third franchise is later granted in Saudi Arabia.

2002 – LondonALDO graces the high streets of London, England, opening prime locations on Oxford Street and Neal Street. The brand also finds its way to the English countryside opening in mall locations including Basingstoke, Uxbridge, Camden, Croydon, Kent & Southampton.

2003 – AsiaALDO expands to Asia, opening its doors in Singapore.

2004 – Continuing ExpansionWith the success of ALDO's stores in the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, the brand continues its global expansion into Portugal, Denmark, Malaysia, and Lebanon.

2005 – Continuing ExpansionALDO is on the rise with new market openings in Australia, Ireland, India, South Africa and Poland."'2006 – Continuing Expansion"'Another exciting year of growth as ALDO opens in China, Thailand, Taiwan, Russia, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan."'2007"'Turkey, Romania, Venezuela, Panama, Indonesia, Philippines, Ukraine, Mexico and Chile join the ALDO family. By the end of 2007, over 800 ALDO stores will be operating in 40 countries across the world. In total the company also operates an additional 200 stores under its other banners.

2008 The re-branding of Transit into Spring is complete with the last Transit store re-opening as Spring in Cornerbrook Newfoundland. Aldo Groupe also starts a major environment protection program known as ALDO Next Step.


* [ ALDO Homepage]
* [ ALDO KIDS Homepage]
* [ SPRING Homepage]
* [ FEETFIRST & FIRST Homepage]
* [ GLOBO Homepage]
* [ STONERIDGE (Little Burgundy) Homepage]
* [ ALDO YouthAIDS Campaign]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Aldo — comes from Old German and means old. Aldo may refer to: *Aldo Groupe, a worldwide chain of shoe stores (heels and boots) founded by Aldo Bensadoun in Montreal, QC in 1972. * Aldo (Planet of the Apes), a gorilla character in the Planet of the Apes …   Wikipedia

  • Aldo Maccione — est un acteur Italien né le 27 novembre 1935 à Turin (Italie). Sommaire 1 Biographie 2 Filmographie 3 Théâtre …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Groupe B de la Coupe du monde de football 2006 — Le groupe B de la Coupe du monde de football de 2006, qui s est disputée en Allemagne du 9 juin au 9 juillet 2006, comprend quatre équipes dont les deux premières se qualifient pour les huitièmes de finale de la compétition. Conformément au… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Aldo van Eyck — Présentation Naissance 16 mars 1918 Driebergen (Pays Bas) Décès 14 janvier 1999 (à 80 ans) Loenen aan de Vecht (Pays Bas) Nationalité …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Aldo Van Eyck — (Driebergen, 16 mars 1918 Loenen aan de Vecht, 14 janvier 1999) était un architecte néerlandais. Il passe sa jeunesse en Grande Bretagne (Golders Green près de Londres). Puis il part étudier l’architecture à l’ETH de Zurich. À …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Aldo Cardoso — est né le 7 mars 1956. Il est diplômé de l ESCP Europe (Promotion 1979) et titulaire d une maîtrise de droit. Il a été maître de conférence à l IEP Paris Aldo Cardoso a été Président exécutif de Andersen Worldwide de 2002 à 2003,… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Aldo Moro — En 1978, pendant sa détention par les Brigades rouges Mandats 55e et 61e président du Conseil italien …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Aldo Clementi — est un compositeur de musique contemporaine italien né le 25 mai 1925 à Catane, mort le 3 mars 2011. Sommaire 1 Biographie 2 La musique 3 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Aldo (entreprise) — Aldo est une chaine de magasin de chaussures québécoise. Histoire Aldo ouvrit son premier magasin en tant qu une concession dans une boutique de vêtement Le Château sur la rue Sainte Catherine à Montréal. Depuis, Aldo a pris de l expansion et est …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Aldo Campatelli — Pas d image ? Cliquez ici. Biographie Nationalité …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.