In less than a month, Aldi will open its first California locations—debuting its initial eight Golden State stores on Thursday, March 24. The stores’ grand openings will mark a significant milestone for Aldi as it prepares to roll out approximately 45 stores and employ more than 1,100 people in Southern California by the end of 2016.
The stores opening March 24 are located at 1638 East 2nd Street in Beaumont, 15080 Summit Avenue in Fontana, 78-601 Highway 111 in La Quinta, 18289 Collier Avenue in Lake Elsinore, 12630 Day Street in Moreno Valley, 5200 Ramon Road Suite in Palm Springs, 625 E. Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino and 34000 Yucaipa Boulevard in Yucaipa.
“Ever since we announced our plan to bring Aldi to Southern California, the positive response from people across the Southland has been overwhelming, and we’re excited to start opening stores next month and throughout the year,” said Gordon Nesbit, Moreno Valley division VP for Aldi. “There is a strong appetite among Southern Californians for an alternative place to shop, and we are eager to show them the significant benefits that can come from shopping at Aldi, both for their wallets and lifestyles.”
Each Aldi store will host a three-day grand opening event that kicks off at 8:45 a.m. March 24 with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The first 100 shoppers to arrive at each store will receive a golden ticket redeemable for an Aldi gift certificate of various amounts, and all shoppers will be invited to enter an on-site sweepstakes for a chance to win produce for a year. Additionally, shoppers on March 24, 25 and 26 will receive a complimentary Aldi reusable eco-bag.
Aldi, whose U.S. operations are based in Batavia, Illinois, has long been a force in the eastern portion of the country. The discount chain is known for its Aldi exclusive brand products. In California, specifically, the company plans to feature a large selection of local favorites, including California-sourced wine and produce. The new stores also will incorporate a variety of sustainable initiatives, including energy efficient and green building design, according to Aldi. Stores will feature natural lighting and environmentally-friendly building materials, such as energy-saving refrigeration, LED lighting and solar panels on all viable roofs.
Aldi says its debut in California marks a significant achievement in the company’s five-year strategic plan to open 650 new stores across the nation. By the end of 2018, the grocer expects to operate nearly 2,000 stores.
“We’ve been selling groceries in the U.S. for 40 years, growing deliberately and steadily throughout the country,” said Nesbit. “Shoppers who appreciate high-quality groceries at an exceptional value are everywhere, and California is no exception. We are confident once Southern California shoppers get to know us, they’ll come to love us.”
In addition to the eight stores opening March 24, Aldi plans to open at the following locations between April and July:
• 275 S. Euclid Street, Anaheim
• 1403 S. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia
• 2120 Panama Lane, Bakersfield
• 8351 La Palma Avenue, Buena Park
• 2450 Rockwood Avenue, Calexico
• 11530 South Street, Cerritos
• 1400 N. Azusa Avenue, Covina
• 2050 Imperial Avenue, El Centro
• 17070 Magnolia Street, Fountain Valley
• 3330 W. Century Boulevard, Inglewood
• 1559 N. Hacienda Avenue, La Puente
• 2268 Foothill Boulevard, La Verne
• 30163 Haun Road, Menifee
• 72543 Highway 111 Suites, Palm Desert
• 740 W. Rancho Vista Boulevard, Palmdale
• 4020 Highland Avenue, San Bernardino
• 425 Cochran Street, Simi Valley
• 5820 Firestone Boulevard, South Gate
• 1750 University Avenue, Vista