- Liveitloud Jun 6, 2010 07:33 AM
Just wondering what everyone thought about the Aldi. I went several weeks ago and ended up feeling I had wasted my gas and my time. First, I had to go dig in the floor board of the jeep to dig up a quarter to get a shopping (refundable) cart.
When I got in the store I swear there weren't more than 4 isles. The brands looked like something you would find at the dollar store and their overall selection was poor. It was crowded with kids running up and down the isles and the freezer where they kept frozen food was not working properly and all the packages were sweating profusely from not being at the right temperature.
Finally after making myself pick up a few items to not waste the trip all together I get to the check out where I was charged 10 cents each for paper bags, which btw, broke in the yard on the way up to the house.
I was expecting more I guess. Not sure that I will be going back. Walmarts everyday prices were right in line with their prices so I just don't see what the big fuss is about. Hopefully it's just the location I was at. If not, I don't see a long future for this new food chain. Thoughts?
Liveitloud wrote, "The brands looked like something you would find at the dollar store and their overall selection was poor."
Ha, that is what I thought too! I found myself a couple of doors down from the one in Rowlett last week so decided to go check it out. To say I was not impressed would be an understatement, and in fact you could not pay me to shop in such a trashy looking place. I knew already the selections would be limited but did not expect the mess.
When I got home I told my wife that if a dollar store was a grocery store it would be an Aldis. I too doubt they last very long in this market.
I'm willing to put up with narrow aisles and limited selection due to the money that Aldi's saves for me. For example, I was making a dessert where I needed 2 cans of cherry pie filling, 2 cans of crushed pineapple, a box of graham crackers, and some of that spray type whipped cream. I easily saved $5 on that dessert alone shopping at Aldi's. Would I shop there every day? No. Most of their goods are either in a box, bag, or can, and my family and I just don't eat much of that type of food. But, when the opportunity arises where I need a bunch of that type of food, I wouldn't hesistate at all going there (especially since I carry a re-usable shopping bag in my car).
Even with all the advanced publicity concerning their operations, people still complain about the "quarter issue" and most stores today have their own reusable bags. Aldi is definately NOT a major grocery. We stop in to get basics that we have tried and like especially for their prices! There are certain items we will never try again. Milk at $1.79 a gallon cant be beat. I can't tell the difference between a premium cow and a generic cow anyways!
When I lived in Michigan I shopped Aldi monthly. The nearest store that I was aware of was a good 30 minute drive from my home, but worth it every time. It was excellent for snacks for my four children and items for school lunches. I gathered empty boxes as I walked through the store to cart my goodies home in. Milk was one thing I learned quickly not to buy there. It tasted like it had been frozen at some point. Produce was the other thing. Granted, this was almost 10 years ago, but I always found great deals there.