My Aldi's has an upscale brand "Specially Selected" which has specialty items for the people who can afford it!! I have also found that Aldi's has a lot of organic food items for which I am thankful. As for bags and boxes, bring your own reusable bags (I have several that fold up and fit in my purse and keep several in the back of my car for when I go to the store unexpectedly). There are far too many plastic bags floating around in our environment which look trashy and damage wildlife. I am appalled that some people think this way. We all need to be more aware of sustainability and I applaud Aldi's that they don't supply bags. I wish more grocery stores would follow suit!!
Geez people...lighten up. This article is called sarcasm and is a joke. It wasn't intended as serious journalism or news. It's funny, lighthearted and made me laugh. We all do things and go places that we can make fun of. When did we lose the ability to laugh at ourselves?
I shopped at Aldi for years before moving to Charleston. Glad to have one here. options are good. Obviously the store isn't right for this pretentious douchebag, but for many reasons Aldi is a great choice. Wish it would have been on James Island..
I've been going to ALDI since I was a kid. Prices are good for certain things, but the overall store layout and checkout procedure gives me anxiety.
To be fair, I'm glad we have ALDI for it's low priced options, but I also feel selection is a little limited. I'm also single and not trying to feed an entire household, so I recongnize that a lot of its benefits don't necessarily address my personal needs. The one in Summerville left me wishing that we had gotten a Trader Joe's instead .... mainly because there is more to choose from, but still with reasonable prices and the staff seemed to be a little more cheery. I say, to each their own. I'm pretty sure one writer's opinion will not dissuade the hoard of aggresive shoppers at ALDI. Just a tip- do not stop long in the isles OR turn around..... lol you will be run over or nudged with a buggy. But by all means, take advantage of the low prices and decent quality products they provide. Hopefully ALDI can inspire other stores with some of their more positive business practices. lol- I probably would have written a similar article after my ALDI experience in Summerville last week.
So us James Islanders are not only lazy, but are fine with mediocre food. Pretentious ass.
I'm going this weekend. I live on IOP, so this a journey. Hope all goes well.
Kinsey, I get your humorous, sarcastic take and I love it. Looking forward to more of the same.
I'd pay you a quarter to never have to read your opinion again. Good luck at Whole Foods swapping stories about your Prius and love of Hilary Clinton.
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 and European imports are. 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 shopped at a grocery store in Europe? We have a house in France, and most grocery stores you deposit change for a shopping cart and bag your own groceries . . .
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....
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