For many shoppers who are serious about spending less on groceries, a trip to discount supermarket Aldi is a weekly ritual. The chain, founded in Germany, credits its rock-bottom prices to low labor and operating costs, a limited selection of mostly inexpensive private brands, and a no-frills store design. Merchandise is often stacked in the aisles and sold straight from the cardboard box it was shipped in. Essentially, it's a grocery store that's the size of a convenience store.
If there isn't an Aldi near you, don't be surprised if one pops up soon. Currently, there are nearly 1,500 stores in 32 states, mostly in the eastern half of the U.S. By 2018, the company plans to expand its store count to close to 2,000 including locations in Southern California.
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