Discount grocer Aldi wants to open a regional headquarters in Moreno Valley, Calif., as it reportedly looks to continue its expansion in the West.
The Press-Enterprise reports that the headquarters and warehouse complex is expected to create several hundred jobs, with construction to begin later this year on a 935,000-s.f. warehouse and office suite in West Ridge Industrial Park, a 60-acre parcel zoned for industrial use along the south side of Highway 60, west of Redlands Boulevard. The company hopes to occupy the facility by next summer, the Enterprise reports.
Aldi subsidiary AI California reportedly expects to invest $55 million to create the West Coast regional office and distribution center.
The Enterprise says the city offered several incentives—reduced fees and a long-term utility discount among them—to persuade Aldi that Moreno Valley is the right place to establish a Southern California foothold.
The national grocery chain, based in Batavia, Ill., operates more than 1,200 discount stores in 32 states, mostly from Kansas to the East Coast.
The company began to push west last year. Nine stores opened in Houston in April 2013, the first of 30 Aldi wants to open in that metropolitan region by 2015, according to the Enterprise. A similar expansion strategy could play out in SoCal, the paper says.