Aldi to open In Southern California

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BATAVIA, Ill. — Aldi’s highly anticipated foray into Southern California has a launch date: Grand openings for its first eight stores in the region are set for March 24. By year’s end, Aldi expects to have 45 stores in the region.

The expansion is an integral part of Aldi’s five-year plan to open 650 stores across the United States by 2018, when it expects to have about 2,000 U.S. outlets. Aldi attracts customers to its no-frills stores with low prices on its limited selection of predominantly private label food.

The first eight Aldi stores in Southern California are located in the cities of Beaumont, Fontana, La Quinta, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, San Bernadino and Yucaipa. Another 19 stores are set to open from April to July. Those outlets will be located in Anaheim, Arcadia, Bakersfield, Buena Park, Calexico, Cerritos, Covina, El Centro, Fountain Valley, Ingelwood, La Puente, La Verne, Menifee, Palm Desert, Palmdale, San Bernardino, Simi Valley, South Gate and Vista.

Aldi expects by year’s end to employ 1,100 people in its Southern California stores and at a regional headquarters and warehouse in Moreno Valley, Calif.

“Shoppers who appreciate high-quality groceries at an exceptional value are everywhere, and California is no exception. We are confident that once Southern California shoppers get to know us, they’ll come to love us,” Gordon Nesbit, division vice president for Aldi, said in a statement last month. “Ever since we announced our plan to bring Aldi to Southern California, the positive response from people across the Southland has been ­overwhelming.”


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