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And then there was one: ALDI in, Save-A-Lot nearly out in California
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Post# 929668   3/30/2017 at 09:19 (449 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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So, is it happening where you are, especially in states new to ALDI?  Save-A-Lot is down to one California location in Coalinga, over a hundred miles away from the nearest ALDI in Bakersfield.  Save-A-Lot stores in L.A., Riverside and San Bernardino counties didn't fare so well and began dropping like flies within weeks of ALDI opening.  When you read Yelp reviews for ALDI in California, many positive reviews are from transplanted out-of-staters happy to see a familiar name.  Perhaps Save-A-Lot was only a stop gap until the "real" thing arrived.


Grocery Outlet, of course, is a whole different animal specializing in deeply discounted short-dated non-perishable national brands but they also sell dairy, fresh meat and produce at market price to save you a trip.  According to many sources, they and ALDI opened more new stores in California than any other grocer.

Post# 929714 , Reply# 1   3/30/2017 at 13:51 (449 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Still waiting for Aldi here in the Bay Area.  I suppose finding cheap locations is delaying the process. 


I think when Aldi does show up, I'll not shop there regularly.  Like Sprouts and TJ's, I'll probably go there for specific items but still do most of my grocery shopping at the big supermarket chains.

Post# 929722 , Reply# 2   3/30/2017 at 14:24 (449 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
And don't you think it unusual . . .

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. . . that Grocery Outlet began life, according to their History page, in the generally more affluent northern end of The Golden State and is gradually moving southward as well as leap-frogging the country as far eastward as Pennsylvania?


Next up is Lidl which seems to be in a permanent "any day now" status.  Plenty of news that they're going to open their first stores in Virginia but no one knows when, hedging their bets with "this summer".

Post# 929725 , Reply# 3   3/30/2017 at 15:07 (449 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I haven't been to Grocery Outlet in years.  I found too much bad-for-you stuff there.  Maybe they've changed their merchandising and are worth another look.  They've been around for so long that they were likely able to negotiate favorable long term leases in left-for-dead strip malls, which is where the majority of their stores in this region can be found.


In the Eagle Rock area of L.A. near my sister's house, a new type of small footprint Target is going in where Fresh & Easy used to be.  The neighborhood association is pushing Target to focus on groceries, but since margins are low in the grocery biz, they're going to have to accept some of the more familiar Target merchandising as part of the deal.  I can't imagine where Target would put such a store in my neck of the woods, but I've heard there's already one out by Apple HQ.  A small Safeway took over the space previously occupied by a F&E store near me.

Post# 929730 , Reply# 4   3/30/2017 at 16:49 (449 days old) by LVbearAM (Henderson, NV)        
Same Thing In Vegas

Save-A-Lot is history in Las Vegas as well, The two stores here in the valley have closed their doors. Food 4 Less left some time ago. Would love to see an Aldi here in the gaming city, but for now, I'll continue shopping at Winco (and occasionally Smith's).

Post# 929734 , Reply# 5   3/30/2017 at 17:41 (449 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
I Love Audi Food Stores

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In the DC area they come in about 50% cheaper in cost for great quality products and best of all you can get in and buy a whole cart full of groceries and get out and home in about 30 minutes.

One does not need 30 different choices of ketchup, 100 different choices of coffee, and 40 different laundry detergents [ oops those might be fighting words ] LOL

But you get the point, A quality store should only carry their own brand products, that is what made Sears Roebuck so good back in their day.

John L.

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