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Discount grocer Aldi to open 45 stores in Southland

Discount grocer Aldi to open 45 stores in Southland

German discount grocer Aldi plans to open the first of 45 Southern California stores in March, a move that analysts say could force some competitors to lower prices. That's just the start for Aldi, which has quietly expanded to nearly 1,400 locations in 32 states over the last few decades. The company is building a regional headquarters and distribution center in Moreno Valley to support further expansion in coming years, said Jason Hart, Aldi's chief executive for U.S. operations. "There is no other place with the same density of people that exists in Southern California," Hart said in an interview. "It's an important market with really big potential for...

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