To the delight of shoppers, world-renowned Aldi opened its second supermarket in DeLand June 24. Customers who say they have waited a long time for the German company to set up shop on DeLand’s south side began lining up early to be first inside the store, whose space was formerly occupied by Winn-Dixie, and before that, Gooding’s. Earth Fare had renovated the store with plans to move in last year, but the firm abruptly declared bankruptcy and closed all of its stores in several states.

The opening of the well-stocked Aldi at 2701 S. Woodland Blvd. comes more than a year after the company opened its first store in DeLand. 

The name Aldi comes from the first two letters of “Albrecht Diskont,” or Albrecht Discount. Albrecht is the name of the German family that established and owns the grocery chain, which has stores in many countries in Europe and around the world. There are more than 2,000 stores in the U.S.