ALDI to open stores across Southern California

ALDI plans to open 45 grocery stores in Southern California over the next year. Courtesy photo
ALDI plans to open 45 grocery stores in Southern California over the next year. Courtesy photo

ALDI plans to open 45 grocery stores in Southern California by July 2016, and several of those stores will be in Riverside County.

The stores will create more than 1,100 jobs, including warehouse positions at the company’s regional headquarters in Moreno Valley.

The ALDI expansion is part of a five-year plan to open 650 new stores nationwide by the end of 2018, according to ALDI representatives.

“Right now, I can tell you that ALDI is evaluating a number of locations in the eight southernmost counties of California (San Diego, Imperial, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, Kern and Ventura) and we are very much looking forward to bringing high-quality groceries at everyday low prices to this part of the state,”an ALDI spokesperson told Valley News.

ALDI operates more than 1,400 stores in 32 states, and is said to be the nation’s leading low-price grocer.

More than 90 percent of the products they offer are ALDI exclusive brands, which the company attributes to saving customers’ money.

A recent ALDI press release reported that the company uses a cost-effective approach to save customers money.

“We take a simple, cost-effective approach to grocery shopping that fundamentally saves shoppers on their grocery bills. In fact, smart shoppers have found that switching from national brands to ALDI exclusive brands can save them up to 50 percent (according to a March 2014 survey of more than 6,000 consumers, conducted by Market Force Information) on more than 1,300 of the most commonly purchased grocery items. More than 30 million customers each month benefit from the ALDI streamlined approach, bringing shoppers the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices every day,” the release reads.

The grocery store regularly buys 1,300 of the most commonly purchased grocery items in the most common size generally purchased, which secures ALDI sizable discounts for purchasing in volume, according to the release.

The shopping experience at ALDI is also designed to keep prices low, and ALDI does not provide grocery bags – bring your own or buy reusable ones at the checkout stand.

Carts are available for use but cost a quarter.

When customers are done using the cart, they return it and get their money back.

ALDI also only accepts cash, Debit or EBT cards, which they attribute to keeping their prices low as they avoid paying credit card processing fees.

Finally, the store hours are typically from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., which helps keep labor costs down.

20 Responses to "ALDI to open stores across Southern California"

  1. JoeMama   October 19, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Closing at 7 pm will be their downfall here in SoCal. Not everyone is home by then and some customers do need to shop around their closing time. They need to look at Fresh and Easy’s business model, it’s what customers need, not what the business wants.

    • franksfurter   October 27, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      Where do you get 7pm ? It says 9am to 9pm.

      • Kim Harris   October 28, 2015 at 2:31 pm

        Franksfurter, we had an error in the article that has since been corrected.

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  3. John Joiner   October 22, 2015 at 4:04 am

    I would not suggest using the Fresh & Easy business model, since that has also failed since they are now closing all remaining stores. But I agree early closing of a grocery store in our market is problematical.

  4. Horton Hoo   October 26, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    So Cal has a huge immigrant population. Hopefully they will adapt to the ethnicity of the communities or they will have issues.

  5. SMART!   December 2, 2015 at 11:32 am

    WinCo Foods is what we use now.

  6. yve black   January 30, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Will they come to the central coast…Santa Barbara county?

  7. Ruth hidalgo   February 14, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    We need a grocery store in Norwak CA we don’t have one close they have all these empty building that were fresh and easy . So keep Norwalk in mind.

  8. Johanna Pipes   February 19, 2016 at 6:09 am

    When and where will you open a store in Los Angeles Ca.?

  9. Aro   March 16, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    We need one on Glendale California we Armenian people live there

  10. Charlie gutierrez   March 24, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    We are hoping you bring a store to Oxnard calif.
    We shopped at Aldo while vacationing in Germany.

  11. Julie   March 29, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Where in San Diego will you be opening?

  12. janet   April 1, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Locate in poway or rancho Bernardo or Escondido PLEASE

  13. Michael Cahn   April 16, 2016 at 10:44 am

    According to Aldi, everybody drives. Everybody drives? Sadly, the Aldi chain is coming to California with the same old car mindset. The car culture has brought us global climate change and the sedentary life-style that led to 50% of obesity rates and a diabetes epidemic now in full swing. Aldi, we have a problem!

    In the year 2016 Aldi planners, architects and sustainability managers still plan only for those who drive to the shop! Their shops are all located in neighborhoods with dense population, which makes it easy for their customers to ride a bike. But somehow the old car-mindset won’t go away and voila, they forgot to plan for, and encourage people to come to their shops by riding a bike.

    Aldi, get your bicycle act in order! The wrong bike rack in a bad place shows Aldi does not care. Develop bicycle friendly guidelines for all you SOCAL shops. Give us dedicated excellent bicycle parking. Negotiate with local communities to improve bike routes to your shops. Aldi, why don’t you better support those who choose healthy and sustainable modes? A bicycle perfect Aldi is good for the company, it is good for your customers, and it is good for the environment.

  14. Ty   April 18, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Are there going to be any locations in San Fernando Valley anytime soon?

  15. monique koszitzki   September 18, 2016 at 9:09 am

    open one in las vegas, please. we need one.

  16. Charlie gutierrez   September 18, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Please bring one to Oxnard California…
    We are from Germany,
    Always shop there when we vacation back home!!
    Love all you offer.

  17. Bill Parker   October 5, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Hemet California, if it is not on your list for new stores you should consider it.

  18. Miller Gertrud   July 14, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Love Aldi.Need one in Las Vegas NV.Thanks.


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