BATAVIA, Ill. — Aldi here confirmed last week it is in “the initial stages of discussions” to possibly locate a distribution center and regional office in Moreno Valley, Calif.


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Aldi also said it is “further developing” plans to expand its store base to Southern California and said it would disclose more information “as those details are finalized.”

Moreno Valley is the second-largest city in Riverside County, located 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and 12 miles south of San Bernardino.

Local reports said Aldi wants to build the distribution center there so it can open stores in the Riverside-San Bernardino area — the so-called Inland Empire — whose demographics fit Aldi’s needs for lower-income shoppers more so than the L.A.-Orange County area.

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The warehouse would cover 935,000 square feet and would include 50,000 square feet of office space, according to local reports. Aldi would own the property and develop the facility on its own, at a reported cost of $55 million.

Aldi also has been reported to be a possible suitor for at least some of Tesco’s Fresh & Easy stores in the Southwest, and possibly its warehouse in El Segundo, Calif., sources said.

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