The eagerly awaited Aldi grocery store at 7006 Columbia Pike opened to the public May 4. People started lining up outside as early as 6:45 a.m., reports store manager Matt DeBenedetto. The crowd had grown so large by 8:30, the store ran out of shopping carts.
|Aldi officials handed out coffee, donuts, and tote bags at the store's grand opening.|
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mason Supervisor Penny Gross called the store a new investment in Annandale that enhances the community as a great place to live, work, and play – and to age gracefully.
Gross said she is glad that people will finally stop asking her what is going into the old Bloom space. That is the number-one question she’s heard from constituents since the Bloom grocery store closed five years ago.
|From the left: Mason Supervisor Penny Gross, store manager Matt DeBenedetto, and Aldi officials.|
|Mason Crest Elementary School students Stefania and Stella Gomez at the "Aldi finds" aisle.|
|Keisha Smith (center) won $100 worth of free groceries.|
|Gridlock in the produce section.|
There are opportunities for store associates (paying $13.25 an hour), shift managers ($17.75), and manager trainees ($25).
|Kenny Reyna hands out chocolate samples, including pieces from a 5.5 gram-Choceur milk chocolate bar that sells for $1.69.|