This is absolutely the most ignorant article I have ever read. Your gripes: 1. Having to deposit a quarter (that will be returned to you) to get a shopping cart. This is obviously to keep the shopping carts wrangled. . . 2. Aldi has block cheese??? How do you think most cheese you eat is manufactured? In a wheel, it somehow comes from the cow pre-shredded? 3. The signage is straightforward. . . how is that a gripe? Would you rather they employee another clerk to answer questions? 4. There was a line at checkout. . . Was there a line at checkout the week TJ's opened or Whole Foods, are there still lines there? You mention nothing about the insanely good value the fruits and vegetables are, not to mention the European imports. This alone is why I always shop at Aldi. A bag of apples for $2.50, instead of Harris Teeter at $4.00. I eat way more fresh fruits and vegetables because of these great prices. Why keep shopping and wasting your money at overpriced grocery stores . . . Also, have you ever been to a grocery store in Europe? We have a house in France, and all grocery stores are like this: deposit change for a cart, bag your own groceries.
Mike - the locals will all walk over for breakfast too. I'll be good for waffles at least once a week and if nobody's counting 2-3 times a week. Great building, great concept and great addition to the neighborhood. I love me some Mike Lata too, almost as much as I love waffles. Almost.
Aldi rocks it. Big time, and btw I already went twice, first time caught a local well known pastry chef stocking up on the chocolate as its the exact same price and quality as the restaurant wholesaler and they could not wait (They were also buying a big pile of packaged cookies to crumble for a crust) and if its good enough for them and their customers its good enough for me. Got the recipe and piled it up too. I mean these guys at Aldi's do own Trader Joes so some of its the same stuff as Trader Joes but...holy shit....EVEN CHEAPER. How on earth is that even possible? I already see Whole Foods getting a big time reality check and adjusting some of their ridiculous produce prices down. I found a place to park immediately unlike T-Joes and Whole Foods where its a damned Millennial free for all in the parking lots on the daily. I did not even have to pay .25 for a cart today but simply picked one up outside from a cute Mt. P. housewife and their small child. Thanks Jennifer. Dried Fruit - the best, Chocolate - the best. Cashews - how is this price possible? also the best. Asparagus - the best ever anywhere, seriously, I'll be peeing green for St. Pats and days after, I got 6 bags of them. Oh yeah, just in case y'all were wondering what happened to the beer stock? I bought all of it, filled a cart like a real professional Drunky McDrunkalot, you would of been proud of your boy. German, Mexican, American, my cart was a regular United Nations of hops. You would have to be stupid silly to pass up that 12.00 beer for 5.99. I stockpiled it and got yelled at big time when I got home. After I got yelled at for stockpiling a shit ton of snacks and really good beer, I simply zipped open some dried blueberries, opened up a bag of Chilli/Lime Cashews and popped a top off a Mexican beer and settled back to get a semi-healthy inexpensive buzz on. The blueberries negate any beer calories. Look for me lurking outside of Aldi's looking to get that free cart handoff or handing off mine to another customer in the parking lot, its the polite way we do it here.
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.
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