I'm usually amused by most of what I read in the C.P. but I could not disagree more with this article. Here's a different perspective from someone that did a little research first...
If you like it shop there... Aldi is decent. I personally don't go to City Paper for any articles/columns... Not the bastion of literary genius... Stick to letting readers know where bands are playing.
Correction: This was written by the editor-in-chief, and not an intern. I made an assumption based on the tone. My mistake, and my humblest apologies. I also know there are working class and poor people in Mount Pleasant, and I also know that it is getting harder and harder for them to remain there. Which is why the article should have addressed any part of what Aldi offers to the lower rungs of the socio-economic scale in terms of access to healthful affordable food. Just this past week regular Columnist Jessie Kelly just pointed out that Charleston is the foodie capital of the South, but downtown is a food desert for working people. There were SO MANY ways to write about Aldi, and food equity, especially in the face of the Trump administration proposing a $200 million dollar cut to SNAP and WIC programs. People will need to find a grocery store that working classes can afford. We can't all spend hundreds of dollars a week at the monument to 1st-world excess that is Whole Foods. Food equity is a serious issue in Charleston. Perhaps next time, the editor should dig a little deeper, even if the issues surrounding the topic aren't of personal concern to them. People need to know there is a healthy and affordable alternative.
FYI...Treeter Joe's has been owned since 1979 by Aldi.
Wow. A lot of negativity! Why no mention on the absolutely great prices?!?
Thank you for these comments! I could not agree more with Megan Jones on the subject. Talk about pretentious drivel. The no frills model keeps overhead and food prices low. It allows for access to decent food at prices lower than Walmart (for example). I don't think I've read a more tone deaf piece, ever.
Their German Chocolate is worth the trip...Some items are very good...Can't shop entirely at Traders or WF or here..Who cares..We are shopping...Get their Chocolate Bars...Makes Milka look like a Hershey....
Not everyone in Mt Pleasant is rich
This article is basically the POV of a privileged person who didn't bother to do her research. ALDI addresses several major issues we face as a nation. Allow me to explain them, since this intern didn't bother in the article she wrote for a newspaper. 1. The obesity epidemic. Struggling Americans face food deserts and a basic lack of nutritional, healthy, and affordable food. Aldi purposefully places their stores in areas which break up food deserts, which is why this location is wasted on the wealthy people people of Mt. P. This article itself illustrates how privilege can create bias owing to lifestyle marketing. 2. They hire from the community and pay a competitive wage, with benefits. 3. Their food is ethically sourced and sustainable. We all need to use our dollars to create a better world. 4. Reduced packaging pledge. We are killing our planet and no amount of young republican snark is going to change that. I could go on. Many people rely on ALDI to feed their families safe, healthy, and affordable food. A more interesting article would have been from a parent who could suddenly aford to feed their family well, but instead we get this snotty drivel from a seemingly privileged intern. What a waste of a GREAT topic. Please do better next time City Paper, and maybe assign articles regarding equity in food supply to actual writers.
You do not pay for the cart...you get your quarter back once you park it back where it belongs and because of that they do not have to hire and extra person to gather the carts from all around the parking lot. Oh, and maybe that is why you can purchase the best chocolate out there (and other products) for the lowest price in town. Makes sense to me!
of course, you do get your quarter back if you return the cart. Still, it is annoying if you have no change. And, then, there's the no bag and often no old boxes problem. Often, I've put stuff back because I had nothing to carry them out of the store, except me. And, then there's the checkout line...I have more than once put every item back rather than stand in that line. Basically, I don't go to ours in Georgia anymore either. But, when I had two teenage boys at home and they drank 5 gallons of milk a week...it was worth the hassle for the price of milk alone.
Best place to buy top quality chocolates at Christmas. Super cheap.
This Mike Ray I would like to clarify that line "but we're not gonna hire a chef like a Mike Lata." I am saying we are going to hire a younger chef with not as many accolades or prestige, but has the chops and in our opinion room to grow. When I read the article that line jumped out as needing some clarity in the context that it was given. Love ya Mike and happy st patty day
Sheesh a quarter and we are all suddenly Europhiles. It's their cart and people have bumper stickers. Let's write some real journalism and stop spitting drivel.
Excellent question, Annie. I'll find out and report back.
Will there be gravy and Worcester sauce?
I cannot wait!!!!! I am from NYC and waiting for something like this.....have eaten at Balthazar numerous times, because I lived downtown and at The Mark. Living in NYC I had the opportunity to go to many wine tastings and there are some great wine stores to go to where the staff is extremely knowledgeable and when they get to know you, it makes it easier the next time you come in, because a new wine may come in that they will know you will like. It is much more personable than going to a place like Total Wine. I lived in the Wall street area and there was a great local Wine shop I used to go and got friendly with the owner who really knew his wines. I would go in and when he got in something he knew I would like, he would open up a bottle and let me taste it. I sometimes would be with a friend and the owner said not to worry. The wine would be drunk. I got some great wines from this guy. I also kept a wine journal. There is also a great wine store up in Westchester that delvers in the local areas . I am not sure where else they may ship. I needed to get a present for someone and I could not get from Total Wine to ship from here.. This place is very well known. If any of you are into wine, you should be aware of this store. It is called ZACHY'S. You can go on line. They hv an incredible selection and terrific prices. They are in Scarsdale, NY.
Brad - so very sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to your family
How awful! So young. I am so sorry for your loss. I have eaten at your restaurant several times. May he rest in peace.
OMG! You are so kind with your words. Thank you so much. This was truly a surprise.
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