Aldi opened its second location in Bakersfield Wednesday with a ceremony that drew hundreds of eager shoppers.

In typical Aldi grand opening fashion, there was a “golden ticket” giveaway with gift cards ranging from $5 to $100, eco-friendly bag giveaways and a sweepstakes for one year of free produce.

Aldi is a national chain known for its bagless initiative, coin-operated cart system and private label brands.

“Everything we do is to pass the savings onto our customers,” Aldi Director of Operations Alexandra Skinkis said. “We want them to get in, get out and get on with their day. Even if it doesn't save them money, it saves them time.”

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