1966 Home Base
Aldo Bensadoun completes his French military service, teaching Economics at the École de Cavalerie de Saumur. Shortly thereafter, he returns to Montreal, his favorite city!
ALDO Shoes is established as a footwear concession inside a popular Montreal based clothing retailer. The original company includes four leased concessions in Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City and Winnipeg.
The first free standing ALDO store opens on Sainte-Catherine Street in Montreal, Canada, ending the practice of leased departments within the chain of clothing fashion boutiques.
The company grows at a tremendous pace, opening 95 freestanding ALDO stores.
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 across the U.S. alone. By the end of this period ALDO also operates over 180 successful stores in top malls and key fashion street locations in all major Canadian urban centers.
ALDO ventures outside of North America under a franchise agreement in Israel.
ALDO'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 granted in Saudi Arabia.
ALDO graces the high streets of London, England, opening prime locations including Oxford and Neal Streets. The brand even finds its way to the English countryside, opening in several mall locations. Being one of the world's most dynamic fashion & retail markets, the UK is a natural fit for corporate expansion.
ALDO expands to Asia, opening its doors in Singapore.
With 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.
ALDO is on the rise with new market openings in Country, Ireland, India, South Africa and Poland.
2006 - Continuing Expansion
Another exciting year of growth as ALDO opens in Thailand, Taiwan, Russia, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan.
Turkey, Romania, Venezuela, Panama, Indonesia, Philippines, Ukraine, Mexico, Chile and Aruba all join the ALDO family.
ALDO opens its doors in Serbia and Montenegro.
Spain, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Cyprus join the ALDO family. ALDO now operates across all continents except Antarctica!
ALDO now has stores in Malta, Senegal, Libya, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion Island, Cote D'Ivoire, Congo, Gabon and Honduras.
2011 and beyond
ALDO now has over 1,000 ALDO stores operating in 65 countries and more than 160 ALDO Accessories stores in 19 countries... with even more to come! ALDO is also planning to open stores in Italy, Norway, France & Korea before the end of the year.