Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: rural southwestern N.Y. State
There is an Aldi's about 15 miles west of me and another 25 miles south of me. The biggest difference between them and the big chain groceries..Publix, Price Chopper, Wegman's, Walmart etc...are the prices.
I shopped at one just a couple days ago..Large eggs 59 cents a dozen.. They have very good baked goods.. I use their very fine 12 grain bread @ I believe it was $1.49, and I bought a package of 6 bagels $1.44..
I think their vegetables are as good as anybody's..but slightly less variety. Potato chips etc.. (Clancy's brand) about half the price of Lay's chips etc..and IMO just as good.
Yes, it costs a quarter to rent the cart, but when you are done, you put the cart back where you got it...and you get your quarter back. That saves the broken, bent and hard running carts one often encounters with those that are left kicking around the parking lot.
I usually pass my cart to somebody just arriving, and suggest they just "pay it forward". Or I could take the quarter they offer.
Aldi's is home based in Germany, so there is a fair assortment of first quality German foods. Since I lived 2.5 years in Germany, it is a trip down memory lane, when I buy and use some of those products.
Yes, they are normally understaffed..and checkout may or may not, be a bit more delayed than others. ..But it is not so bad as to force me to another store.
Yes, they could furnish handicapped, electric carts.
The two I have shopped in, are not disorganized or "jumbled", but just as clean, neat and organized as the big guys.
Some folks have a penchant for quality "Deutche Shokolade" (German chocolate) and Aldis has a good assortmrnt of the same.
"Politically correct" language, is really Orwellian 'newspeak'. (Michael Cutler)