ALDI Grocery Stores
Has anyone ventured out to these newly opened stores? Another private label grocer to come to Houston...
Is it open yet?
I think the first one is to be in Pearland, but I hadn't heard it had opened.
Maybe we need to plan a Chowhound trip to Aldi and that German place some weekend.
I am also waiting for Fresh Market to open in the old Rice location on Memorial in the Lantern Lane center.
EDITED TO ADD:
OK, so I went to their website and it shows Grand Openings on 4/11 for stores at:
10402 Hwy 6 S, Sugar Land
2009 S Mason, Katy
5930 N Fry Road, Katy
13340 Tomball Parkway, Houston
11510 Broadway, Pearland
2302 FM 2920, Spring
4140 Fairmont Parkway, Pasa-Get-Down-Dena
6900 FM 1960E, Humble and
2045 North Loop 336 W, Conroe
So apparently they're open. We need some adventurous soul to get over there and let us know what's what.
There are three ALDI in my range.
One I love for cheese, cheese, cheese->$1.99 logs o'goat make me happy
One I drop in to for dairy [milk and eggs] and boxes of mixed greens/baby spinach, things I also get at the "Highly Favoured One."
One I avoid.
Each ALDI is stocked for its [perceived?] neighborhood.
Another giant multinational coming to multiple loctions near you.
If I am driving past, I may stop to check out the dairy. With a super Walmart less than a mile away, there is little difference on prices or quality. Definately go now for the introductory low prices. Don't forget to bring your own bags. And a quarter for the shopping cart.
In case it helps, there are threads about Aldi on the Chains board. Might give you some assistance.
OBD and I ventured over to the Hwy 6 and Bellfort store on Saturday morning. (Well, somebody had to!)
It's definitely 17,000 square feet, as opposed to the article's claim of 1700. It's about the same size as Trader Joe's.
Bring your own bags, quarter for cart, no hand baskets, yada, yada...
As noted elsewhere, it's five aisles with everything from fresh meat to steel shelving. Most of the products are private label/store brands and in many cases, are made to closely resemble the national brand counterparts. For example, the pork and beans can has the same colors and general styling of Van Camp's, (or whatever it is). I didn't buy it, but I am sure it was half the price.
I DID buy:
Gallon of Whole Milk - $1.89, (Very good)
Tomato Sauce - $0.29/can
Tomato Paste - $0.39/can
Colby Cheese - $1.79/lb
And a few other things. All told, 12 items and about $13.
Final observation, if it were close to me, I would go every week for milk and a few pantry items. I didn't buy any produce, (although I had meant to take a swing at the $0.29/avocados), or meat. The milk and the cheese are good.
As it is, it will remain a curiosity.
Lived in Springfield MO for a few years. There was an Aldi right down the road from us. I was told it was a grocery store so I wandered in there one day when I was looking for a specific item. All in all, I found it a rather unpleasant place to be and I can't remember now what I was looking for but, whatever it was, I didn't find it.
So I wandered right back out.
And haven't felt the need to wander back into another one since.
Suppose I should give it another try.
Or maybe not.