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.