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Aldi opens in the Southland: What you need to know

Aldi opens in the Southland: What you need to know

Aldi, a German discount grocer, opened its first eight stores in Southern California this week. By the end of the year, it plans to have 45 stores in the region.

So what is Aldi? Aldi is a supermarket chain based in Germany with about 10,000 stores in 18 countries. In the U.S., the chain operates about 1,500 stores. 

Who founded the chain? Two brothers, Karl and Theo Albrecht, founded Aldi in 1946 after taking over the family grocery store. The Albrechts also control Trader Joe's, based in Monrovia. 

Bro brawl: In 1960, the brothers had a falling out over selling cigarettes and split their empire...

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