Friday, November 11, 2011
1st Look: Aldi
A reader writes in describing his first experience at the new Aldi grocery story that opened up for a preview today (grand opening tomorrow) at 901 17th Street.
I thought you might want to put on your FT blog that Aldi supermarket had its grand opening today. The prices are comparable or better than Safeway prices. The produce looks pretty good, and the selection is decent. It's obviously a much smaller space than Safeway, so it gets congested inside. They also require customers to bag their groceries in a baggage area near the exit (another opportunity for congestion). The only other downside is that they do not accept credit cards - only Debit, Cash or EBT (food stamps).
Having said that, the good things about the place are the prices, friendly workers (though they are not the workers who will continue there) and the competition it might spur with Safeway. I'd encourage your readers to check it out!