Extreme grocery discounter Aldi is picking up the pace of its Southern California openings, which stalled over the summer.

Next week, two grocery stores are opening in Rancho Cucamonga and Whittier. When they open, Aldi will have 30 of 45 planned markets open in Southern California. An Aldi representative said more stores are coming this year but declined to reveal the exact locations or opening dates.

German-born Aldi, which has family ties to Trader Joe’s, operates nearly 1,600 stores in 34 U.S. states. The chain, with its U.S. headquarters is in Batavia, Ill., sells private label copycats of the 1,500 most popular groceries. It claims to save shoppers roughly 50 percent on their grocery bills.

When the first California stores opened in March and April, thousands of curious bargain hunters made a grab for everything from raw chicken drumsticks to frozen pizzas to dog kennels. Stores from Palm Springs to Lake Elsinore stocked knockoffs of top-selling labels such as Heineken beer, cereals from General Mills and Pop-Tarts.

The Rancho Cucamonga store, at 11070 E. Foothill Blvd., opens Nov. 2; Whittier, at 15535 Whittier Blvd., debuts Nov. 3. Both open at 9 a.m. The first 100 shoppers will receive a golden ticket, a gift certificates ranging in value from $10 to $100.

Aldi’s three Orange County stores are in Anaheim, Fountain Valley and Buena Park. Another Aldi is slated for Garden Grove, at 9901 Chapman Ave. It is replacing Anna’s Linens in the Promenade; it’s unclear if it will open this year.

Source: OC Register