Aldi appears headed to Fountain Valley

Residents clamoring for a Trader Joe’s opening in Fountain Valley may get the next best thing.

Aldi, a Germany-based grocery store with ties to Trader Joe’s, has applied with the city to open in the now vacant Grocery Outlet store on Magnoiia Street at Warner Avenue. The city’s planning department received Aldi’s application this week.

Aldi is a discount supermarket chain with more than 9,000 stores in 18 countries. There are about 1,300 stores in 32 states in the U.S. Both Trader Joe’s and Aldi are owned by the Albrecht family of Germany.

Aldi sells its own exclusive brands as well as some national name brands. Details are sketchy as to just what Aldi will be selling, but it should be noted that Aldi is the largest wine retailer in Germany.

City Planning Director Andy Perea said the Planning Commission will probably be considering Aldi‘s application sometime in November. In the meantime, demo work is already under way there.

We’ll have more information as we get it.

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