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Friday, March 31, 2017

Aldi set to open on May 4

The Aldi sign was installed March 29.
The Aldi grocery store at 7000 Columbia Pike in Annandale is scheduled to open on May 4, unless there are problems with the permits, says store manager Matt DeBenedetto.


There will be a grand opening ceremony when the store opens for business at 9 a.m., with coupon giveaways and chances to win prizes, says DeBenedetto, who currently works at the Aldi in Springfield.

The Annandale store will have a similar layout as the Springfield store and will have the same products carried by all the other Aldi stores.

The store hours will be 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday.

The Aldi is in a storefront in the Annandale Shopping Center that had been vacant since a Bloom grocery store closed five years ago. The Aldi wont occupy the entire space, however; there are two retail spaces at the end of the shopping center still available for lease. 

22 comments:

  1. Found this on their website: "The Carts: We keep our carts in one convenient place. You put a quarter in the cart, shop and then return the cart to get your quarter back. This helps to keep prices low because we don’t spend time retrieving carts."

    Seriously? I'd rather pay the extra quarter to keep a cart wrangler employed.

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    1. This is a very European practice, and Aldi brought it with them. There the deposit is a Euro (or a Pound in the U.K.), so for once we benefit from not adopting a dollar coin.

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    2. Aldi's finds many way to save money so that you can save money. Be Happy because the savings comes back to you.

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    3. Hopefully cuts down on the utter a$$holes who leave their shopping carts all over parking lots, at bus stops, etc. I expend a lot of energy wrangling other peoples' carts.

      If you see someone in a parking lot informing you that you are scum because you decided to leave your cart in a improper place, it was probably me.

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    4. 235 needs more fiber in their diet

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    5. I with your 2:35. I am tired of finding carts in my neighborhood. This should help.

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  2. I'm excited, but trying hard not to be. The whole disaster that was Bloom really ticked me off--after all the time they spent revamping the store and landscaping it, I expected something special. But it wasn't. It really, really wasn't.

    My husband and I appreciate several local grocery stores--we have particular nutritional needs and preferences--and have gotten to a point where we really appreciate variety, and if we can get that for a good price to offset the more expensive items that we almost can't do without, awesome! I turn the corner from Columbia Pike to Gallows Monday through Friday, and I will be more than happy to pop in if they make it worth my while, which shouldn't be too hard, but then, Bloom....bleh.

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    1. Your reaction probably explains why Food Lion dropped its Bloom supermarket subsidiary. I suspect that Aldi will do better though because it offers shoppers lower prices. However, I might be a harder sell because I've been shopping at Giant for almost four decades. Old habits are the hardest to break.

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    2. ^ I've been shopping at Giant for decades, too, and will continue to use them as my main store, but there are a few things about their produce options that have started to irk me--the most recent problem being the way that they keep reorganizing some items. I know I'm not the only one who now has to hunt for their veggies!

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    3. @6:41...I sort of think like you about old habits than I realize that none of the chains are local anymore. They are part of big chains, national(shoppers, safeway, Harris Teeter) or international (Giant, Aldi/Traders Joes) . It makes no difference really. Prices, good customer services and how they treat their employees is what matters to me.

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  3. Need to go in with on open mind first times. You wont see your usual brands. But i drive from annandale to springfield to shop at aldi. You will realize what a rip off safeway and giant are.

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  4. It's true that Aldi is different -- don't expect some luxury shopping experience with elaborate displays and bells and whistles like a pharmacy, greeting cards, etc. But you will be happy with amazingly low prices on staples. For instance the price of a dozen large eggs is now down to 59 cents; a gallon of skim milk is $1.99, and they have lots of fresh vegetables and fruits at very good prices. They also offer organic foods and other healthy alternatives. And you get good deals without having to buy huge quantities. Another bonus is that they occasionally offer real German products way cheaper than the German Gourmet shop (e.g. Spaetzle noodles).

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    1. Let's see if the Annandale Giant drops some prices in response to Aldi. I don't mind paying a bit more if it gets me greater variety.

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    2. Check it out for yourself - the difference is much more than a bit more. I've cut my grocery budget in half by going to Aldi for 99% of what I need. If they don't have the produce you need go to Fresh World International Market off of Backlick Road. There are only a couple of the Aldi brands that I don't like. And the parking lot will be free of carts laying all around because of lazy people. Interesting how $0.25 makes people clean up after themselves...

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  5. Im just glad to see that space occupied and a new kind of shopping experience to try out. I hope it survives the Dump. This place has a way of shuttering businesses.

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    1. what does that mean "The Dump"?

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  6. For those used to a regular grocery store with items on shelves, know that shopping at Aldi is like shopping at a mini warehouse club like Costco. Items are in their boxes and items will be on shelves when they are available. Sometimes, they don't have an item that you had been getting and then it reappears. You can get most staples there, but may need to go to Giant/Safeway/HT for other items. And their German products are great when they have them. It will be a little shocking the first time you go, but you quickly learn the ropes. I drive to Springfield right now and am looking forward to the one opening in Annandale.

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  7. I love Aldi, but Springfield is too far. So I'm happy to hear this news. I usually shop at Mom's Organic Market, and Aldi has a selection of organic food, too. Not everything, still worth the trip. It's like a cross between a Costco and Trader Joe's, in fact owned by the same company as TJ, but a much smaller store

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  8. Still love my Harris Teeter though. Hate the Giant in Annandale!

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    1. Which one? Bradlick or LRT?

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    2. I love Harris Teeter too, and having the the TJ right down Columbia Pike makes grocery shopping here great. However I wish we still had the whole foods like we use to but the changing demographics sent them running to a better area.

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