Timeline

1972
Aldo Shoes is founded as a footwear concession within a chain of popular fashion boutiques. The original group includes four Canadian stores in Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City and Winnipeg.

 

1978
The first freestanding Aldo store opens on Ste. Catherine Street in Montreal, Canada, ending the practice of leased departments within the chain of clothing fashion boutiques.

The Doctor Bag becomes a best seller, proving that, along with footwear, Aldo offers products that satisfy and even exceed customer's expectations. The Doctor Bag was, in a way, a foundation for building Total Customer Service, which soon became the company's mission.

 

1985
Aldo becomes the first retailer to overcome the social taboos associated with AIDS and actively supports the fight against this terrible disease.

 

1991
The TRANSIT division is born, with the promise of making customers happy by providing friendly service and fashionable shoes at a great price. During this time, Aldo opens its 200th store in May.

 

1992
GLOBO opens its first store in Laval, Quebec and today it is Canada's largest family shoe store chain with the widest selection of fashion-right footwear.

 

1993
Aldo initiates its retail entry into the US market. The first Aldo US store opens near Boston, Massachusetts.

1995
The ALDO Group expands into the international market.

 

2000
As a logical extension of the now well-recognized Aldo brand, the company launches a new retail concept: Aldo Accessories.

 

2002
Aldo graces the high streets of London, England, opening prime locations on Neal Street, Camden, and Kensington. The brand also finds its way to the English countryside, opening in mall locations including Basingstoke, Uxbridge, Croydon, Kent & Southampton. This international expansion solidifies Aldo's reputation as an international shoe retailer. The exposure of our U.K. stores creates a lot of interest in the Aldo brand from various partners worldwide.

 

2003
SPRING enters into the US with its first store at Garden State Plaza in New Jersey.

 

2005
The ALDO Group launches its first transactional websites for Aldo US and Canada.

 

2010
The ALDO Group launches a new division called ALDO Product Services, which is tasked with transforming the company into an industry-recognized wholesale distributor and third-party sourcing provider of fashion footwear and accessories.

 

2011
Aldo launches two successful initiatives in order to grow the scope of the brand - Mr. B's Gentlemen's boutique, an exciting new brand exclusively for men that focuses on modern, timeless and refined menswear staples; and Aldo Rise, a program where Aldo supports young and emerging fashion designers by collaborating on runway collections and offering Aldo's knowledge and expertise in footwear design and production. Many of the collections make their way in to Aldo stores around the globe.

 

2012
The ALDO Group proudly celebrates its 40th anniversary in the fashion footwear and accessories industry. This year, we honour the company's history through a series of installations and events, including a special pop-up exhibit at the Montreal flagship store and a limited-edition Aldo 40th tote bag, handcrafted in Montreal from heritage Italian leathers found in our archives. We pay tribute to both the product and people that helped this company grow into the world class company it has become.

 

2013
The ALDO Group implements and develops its omnichannel strategy, which will offer customers worldwide a unique and constant shopping experience across all channels. It involves transforming and synchronizing the technological infrastructures of the company in order to migrate from a business model to one that is truly digital.

ALDO Group International (AGI) also further extends its reach in 2013, opening new stores in Colombia and Cameroon.

 

2014
2014 marks the year we say goodbye to our long-time CEO and dear friend, Réjean Dionne, who stepped down from his duties after 27 memorable years with our company. In his place, we welcomed Patrik Frisk to the ALDO Group family.

Making its way into new territory this year, ALDO Group International (AGI) opens stores in Monaco, Burkina Faso, Namibia, Estonia and Paraguay. We also open our 1000th international store in Israel—the same country where AGI first started.

Aldo relaunches ALDO Fights AIDS with the #FriendsFight campaign, creating a special collection of friendship bracelets designed in collaboration with Waris Loves You. They sold out worldwide in less than six weeks with 100% of proceeds donated to Partners In Health. The #FriendsFight campaign was awarded the Canadian Marketing Award for Best Community Engagement.

Aldo Bensadoun was chosen as one of the first inductees of the BOF 500 Hall of Fame and now has a permanent place amongst the people known for shaping the global fashion industry. This lifelong achievement recognizes those who have distinguished themselves with tremendous sustained achievement over the course of their careers.

 

2015

We introduce the Aldo Connected Store to give our customers an unforgettable shopping experience and a way to interact with the brand through digital product and lifestyle storytelling. It uses various digital touchpoints to enhance the way they shop.

We officially launch the Aldo mobile app to Canada and the United States. It allows customers to shop the latest collections, get inspiration on how to style a shoe, find nearby locations that carry the product they’re looking for, and a whole lot more!

This year, we cover new territory, opening stores in countries like Bolivia, Uruguay and Curaçao.

 

2017

David Bensadoun was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the ALDO Group in April 2017. Prior to becoming CEO, he spent two decades working in almost every corner of the business. David is an agent of change within the company, pioneering new business models and evolving core processes. A forward-thinking leader with progressive ideas, David’s mantra is “make a big company feel small”.