German Discount Supermarket Chain Aldi Opening In San Diego's Clairemont

July 10, 2023

German discount supermarket chain Aldi has targeted San Diego's Clairemont neighborhood for the company's thirteenth area location. 

Founded in 1946 by brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht, Aldi now operates over 10,000 stores in 20 countries worldwide. In 2016, Aldi launched its first store in California, in San Diego's San Marcos community. Since then, the company has opened many more stores in San Diego County, including the addition of Mira Mesa, Chula Vista, Encinitas, Vista, Escondido, Ramona and Oceanside locations. 

The newest San Diego location of Aldi will open in the 16,000 square-foot building that last housed a Rite Aid on the corner of Genessee and Balboa Avenues in San Diego's Clairemont neighborhood. Like other branches, expect the budget grocery store to sell a variety of low cost produce, meats, cheeses, gluten-free & organic products, and specialty items. The chain is known for its no-nonsense approach with items still in boxes rather than on shelves and shopping carts that require a quarter to rent. 

The newest San Diego Aldi supermarket is expected to open by year's end at 5270 Balboa Avenue in Clairemont. For more information, visit