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Has anyone ever been to an Aldi?
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Post# 953276   8/17/2017 at 17:15 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        

Aldi is one of my favorite places to shop! Everything is so much cheaper, and many of their products are just as good as the name brands! It is like 1980's grocery prices!

Post# 953286 , Reply# 1   8/17/2017 at 18:32 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Still waiting for Aldi to show up in my area.

Post# 953288 , Reply# 2   8/17/2017 at 18:45 by Imperial70 (******)        

I like aldi. I buy my eggs, sprouted grain low sodium bread, some vegetables and some staple packaged goods there. It is awesome. I was hoping to get one closer to me but it's worth the 15 mile drive.

Post# 953289 , Reply# 3   8/17/2017 at 18:50 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        

I am also am waiting for and Aldi to open in my area. I shop at the Aldi in Menifee CA (not that far from Temecula CA). One of my favorite things from Aldi is Tandil Laundry Detergent. Tandil Liquid Laundry Detergent that is in the green jug is the same thing as Gain, and is identical to Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent! Tandil Lanundry Detergent that is in the red jug is Tide, and is identical to Tide. They also have Tandil Fabric Softener that is the same as Downey Fabric Softener, and is identical to Downey Fanric Softener!

Post# 953290 , Reply# 4   8/17/2017 at 18:52 by sudsmaster (East of SF, West of Eden)        

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Like Ralph (I live about 30 miles away) there's no Aldi here. However a mention was made of the house brands being good. I've noticed the same thing with various supermarket house brands. For example, I prefer the Safeway house brand frozen pizza (Safeway Select) to most "brand" names. Consumer Reports has also noted that a number of house brands are just as good as name brands. There may be some house brands to avoid, however. I found the cheapest house brand mayo from Smart and Final to be lacking in taste and quality.

Post# 953300 , Reply# 5   8/17/2017 at 20:33 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Never heard of them....

tell us more!...

(here's your sign)

Post# 953301 , Reply# 6   8/17/2017 at 20:40 by cuffs054 (GA)        

Yogi, you scamp you!

Post# 953302 , Reply# 7   8/17/2017 at 20:40 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Well, Fred's has their version of "Gain" as does Walmart...they are all made by Sun...who also makes Aldi's Tandil.  Sun also makes CVS's Basic brand and Target's Up and Up.

Post# 953336 , Reply# 8   8/17/2017 at 23:58 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

They also have some god awful dishwasher detergent.  Bought it as I was out and did not want to go tho another store, bad move.  Used it a couple of time and tossed it, not worth returning.  Back to Cascade Complete....

Post# 953390 , Reply# 9   8/18/2017 at 09:46 by johnb300m (Chicago)        
get your tomatoes in hand...

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I've been to Aldi several times, and really didn't like the things I bought.
Yes, they're cheap. But they also tasted cheap to me as well. And I thought many of the stuff was just too "processed" to want to eat on a regular basis.
The produce kinda tasted terrible.
Their mayo was weird.

Just my experience.

(ducks and runs)

Post# 953395 , Reply# 10   8/18/2017 at 10:22 by JoeEkaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
They've broken ground for an ALDI in my hometown

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Marking the days and planning to show up at the grand opening in my Fresh & Easy REFUGEE t-shirt.

Post# 953397 , Reply# 11   8/18/2017 at 10:35 by kimball455 (Cape May, NJ)        

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Hello from Sunny Cape May New Jersey

We have ALDI in Rio Grande, about 4 miles from Cape May. I first encountered ALDI visiting Glassboro, NJ. I am very pleased with their products and produce. ALDI is a great place to stock up on pantry staples. Compared to the other grocery stores in the area, their produce lasts MUCH longer. I find their meats quite good and the prices the same. You won't find everything at ALDI but what you do find will help cut your grocery bill.

I have a neighbor that has a Bed and Breakfast. She gets much of what uses for breakfast at ALDI and is saving abou $40/shopping trip over what she spent at the other stores in the area.


Post# 953406 , Reply# 12   8/18/2017 at 11:24 by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        
Maybe I should give Aldi another chance...?

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I had heard about Aldi from both coworkers and here on AW.  There's one about 5 miles away, so a couple months ago I decided to go check it out since I had some shopping to do.  We walk in and it looked clean, but spartan, almost as if it were a temporary store like those that open in the malls only for the Christmas season.  


My shopping list had 9 or 10 things on it and we walked around the store looking for them.   I was disappointed I could only find 2 of the items on my list, so we looked around the rest of the store.  Many unknown brands and other products I'd probably never buy.  Honestly I didn't look too closely at the prices as I didn't have any in my head for comparison. 


The produce did look pretty nice and the prices seemed OK, but again, limited selection.  Any other grocery store has a much larger variety to choose from.  We did buy a couple things to try, but at that point I decided they didn't offer enough selection of anything, to make me want to go back.  I would always have to go to another grocery store to get the items Aldi doesn't carry.





Post# 953414 , Reply# 13   8/18/2017 at 12:27 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        

Aldi does not have everything, but they have a lot of good things that are just as great as the name brands. Tandil Laundry Detergent thet have at Aldi is basically Tide and Gain liquid, and it works just as good as Tide and Gain!

Post# 953415 , Reply# 14   8/18/2017 at 12:28 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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Aldi here has really good produce. It is always nice and fresh and tasty. Everything else I have tried of their brand has been good too. They are inexpensive compared to most other places. They do have a very limited selection and many things they simply do not carry. But what they do have is quite good. Their meats are good too. Just much more bang for the buck.

Post# 953420 , Reply# 15   8/18/2017 at 12:45 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
67 and falling apart :-(

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I think there are three Aldi stores here in the desert, a very new one near me. I keeping seeing these good reports on here so one day when my back is behaving I'm going to pay them a visit. As long as I can hold on to a cart I'm OK. I really should not put off the recent green light I received from the doctor for surgery, but friends thoughtfully say "once you have a spinal operation you may never walk again" kind of them. 

Post# 953423 , Reply# 16   8/18/2017 at 13:13 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        

I shop at the Aldi in Menifee CA, which is not too far from where I live (Live about 25 miles from Idywild, and 25 from Temecula). Things are so much cheaper at Aldi, and you can buy twice as much at Aldi!

Post# 953428 , Reply# 17   8/18/2017 at 14:15 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
And if you don't live near an ALDI . . .

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. . . there are fine folks on Amazon who will happily do the shopping for you!  I mean, who WOULDN'T want to pay over $20.00 for a $1.69 pack of cookies?!


(Benton's is an exclusive ALDI brand.)




Post# 953430 , Reply# 18   8/18/2017 at 14:18 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Closest Aldi is 40 miles, haven't been there.  24hr WM is 1.9 miles and a fantastic regional grocery is 3.3 miles.

Post# 953453 , Reply# 19   8/18/2017 at 17:20 by pumper (SE Wisconsin)        

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Lots of them in SE WI, two in my city alone. I do all my shopping there now, after giving up on Pick N Save.


Post# 953462 , Reply# 20   8/18/2017 at 19:29 by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

We have Aldi all over the area. Never been in one and am not really in a hurry to go to one but with some of you guys talking them up lately I'm at least somewhat curious to see what it's all about.
I know my mother hates them but I don't think she's been in one in years.

Post# 953475 , Reply# 21   8/18/2017 at 21:36 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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it may not be for everyone.....but for every store I have visited, there seems to be a lot of foot traffic for something that some may find not appealing!

for one thing, they seem to hire some of the friendliest employees.....not to mention they are QUICK on those registers....and that's compared to most any other store you go Walmart

yeah, you got to get past the .25 for the cart have to buy paper/plastic and bag yourself, big whoop!....or you could bring your own....still a big plus over those flimsy plastic bags you get anywhere else...

they change up a bunch of stuff on occasion, just for a bit of variety.....but for staples like bread, milk, and eggs.....they are cheaper than most any other store around, and were not talking nickels and dimes, but serious dollar stretching....

you could take the label off of Hellman's mayo....and place it on their one would know the difference.....

and yeah, the Tandil detergent is TIDE.....we compared samples at several wash-ins, no one could tell which was which!

Post# 953490 , Reply# 22   8/19/2017 at 00:58 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

One of my neighbors LOVES Aldi-I haven't been there-its just to inconvenient for me to go there-Same with Lydals and the new Publix.I don't want to try to have to go on a BUSY road to get to and from those places.Food Lion is MUCH MORE convenient to me.You don't have to fight traffic to use them!

Post# 953495 , Reply# 23   8/19/2017 at 02:46 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        
our aldi

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was just remodeled and enlarged to accommodate a new selection of wine as our citizens recently voted to allow wine sales in grocery stores.  We don't drink it so I could care less, but it made the store nicer.  I like some of their cookies, cakes, and pastries that come from Europe.  I've bought real bratwurst and sauerkraut that were made in Germany.  Their salsa is quite good.  It's the same when I go to a Save-A-Lot...there are things I have tried that I like and will buy again, but then there are others that I would never buy again.  I love the smell of Aldi's mountain fresh Tandil fabric softener.

Post# 953506 , Reply# 24   8/19/2017 at 06:53 by retro-man (nashua,nh)        

There is one in the city I live and go by it on a daily basis. Have not stopped in as of yet. Parking lot never seems like it has that many cars in it. I mainly shop at Hannafords and Market Basket. I have so many errands to run that I don't have time to shop in 2 stores for items that I can get in 1.


Post# 953542 , Reply# 25   8/19/2017 at 11:03 by PassatDoc (Orange County, California)        
Ja wohl...aber nur in Deutschland

No Aldis yet in my area---possibly because Aldi Nord-owned Trader Joe's has reached saturation in my area. I wonder if Aldi Süd---which operates Aldi-branded stores in USA---has a non-compete agreement with Aldi Nord??

Post# 953554 , Reply# 26   8/19/2017 at 11:35 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

they don't open self competitors within close distance to each other.

Has Aldi began accepting credit cards yet? I don't usually carry cash, so have not been in a while.

Post# 953560 , Reply# 27   8/19/2017 at 11:51 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

Our Aldi opened around 2009? It's being expanded now. I have been inside a time or two but never bought anything. Their flyers sometimes have interesting hard goods as well in them, small appliances, shelving, garden stuff.

I heard their produce is good, we have purchased a few hams from there which were quite good.

Post# 953573 , Reply# 28   8/19/2017 at 13:09 by appnut (TX)        
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Yes, Aldi began accepting the March, 2016.  I only go when my partner is here.  Just too difficult for me to bag with the cane.  He has them back home and loves to go to them for certain things.  When he moves here, I'm sure we'll go more often.  My regular store (HEB) and Aldi are about a mile within each other.  I can see us going to Aldi  and getting there what we can and then going to HEB for the rest.  Have gotten a couple of pies and cakes at Aldi. 

Post# 953579 , Reply# 29   8/19/2017 at 13:48 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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...bagging with a cane, oh do I hear you! My crunching, painful left rotator cuff along with my screwed-up back makes simple things like grocery shopping difficult too...especially being left-handed. I will have to re-think my Aldi shopping trip. I worry about falling too..."old man down on aisle three, bring a mop"... 

Post# 953589 , Reply# 30   8/19/2017 at 15:08 by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

That might explain why we don't have Trader Joe's close to where I live, there's like 3-4 Aldi stores within 15 miles of each other.

Post# 953590 , Reply# 31   8/19/2017 at 15:25 by cuffs054 (GA)        

TwinTub, I resemble that!

Post# 953591 , Reply# 32   8/19/2017 at 15:26 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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for you guys who have issues with the bagging.....

in fact I got ones similar to these from ALDI.....

they hook over your cart.....for the ones I got, three hook on across the top.....

you shop and place items in these bags.......then place items on the conveyor belt for checkout....and as the cashier rings you through, all items are placed back inside the carriers by the cashier....

you then wheel out to your car, lift the handles, and each unit is placed from the buggy to your car....

and easy to carry into the house......

this sort of saves you from having to load the items onto the conveyor, and then unload again in order to bag everything....

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Post# 953592 , Reply# 33   8/19/2017 at 15:29 by cuffs054 (GA)        
Dollar General Food store

There has been a DG Food Store in the next little city from us for some time. Went in yesterday for the first time. Kinda neat. Limited selection but the produce was fresh, they had pineapples for $1.00 ea.  No fresh meat but a good selection of frozen meats that looked good. They have their own labels on some stuff. It's not an Aldi but at least it's an option.

Post# 953599 , Reply# 34   8/19/2017 at 16:06 by appnut (TX)        

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Martin, thank you very much!!! 


Joe, I'm also left-handed. 

Post# 953672 , Reply# 35   8/20/2017 at 10:21 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
I have a folding

basket also, and my Aldi shopping bag still.

Post# 953675 , Reply# 36   8/20/2017 at 10:44 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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Whenever I go to Aldi's I can always find a box that is appropriate for what I need, much like at Sam's club. Another inexpensive grocery store we have here is Sav a Lot. I buy a lot of meat and canned goods there. They have many of the national brands and their own store brand also, which is significantly cheaper. They have some kind of steak on sale every week. I have gotten boneless ribeye steaks for $4.99 a pound many times and T bone steaks for $3.99 a pound. You just can't beat that price! And you don't have to bag your own groceries or pay to get a cart either.

Post# 953679 , Reply# 37   8/20/2017 at 11:25 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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now that's interesting Bruce.....

We have three Save-A-Lot's around here.....and you have to rent the cart as well as bag your own groceries.....could be one of those things by geographical areas...

I like when they have the 10lb bag of chicken legs for 3.90.....that's .39 cents a pound...that's when I stock up...

Post# 953695 , Reply# 38   8/20/2017 at 12:55 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
I love Our Local Aldi

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Since they opened ours about 3 years ago I have done 90% of my shopping there, not only are they almost 25-50% less expensive but you also really save TIME, I can leave my house fill an entire cart and be checked out and have all the groceries home in my kitchen ready to finish putting away in about 1/2 hour.

Post# 953697 , Reply# 39   8/20/2017 at 13:04 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        

There used to be a Save A Lot where I live, but they closed up shop. I have heard that Groucery Outlet is a good place to shop, but my folks like to shop at: Stater Brothers, Walmart, and Aldi. One place that I would try to avoid would be Vons. Vons is ridiculously expensive! There are good things about Vons, but they are expensive!

Post# 953701 , Reply# 40   8/20/2017 at 13:24 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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We don't have an Aldi in my area, in fact I'd never even heard of this store until it was mentioned hear on AW. I'd been grocery shopping exclusively at Safeway for over 40 years until about 3 mo ago. While I really like all the staff at my local Safeway, I got tired of everytime I went shopping on Friday with my weekly list and having to go somewhere else for several items because Safeway either was out of the items, or they just stopped carrying the product. Also, the store was almost always understaffed and on a busy Friday morning there would only be 2 checkouts open. It would take me over 1 hr and 45 mins to complete our weekly grocery shopping,and the store is only 2 miles from home.

So 3 mo ago I decided to give the Target that is in the next town, 6 miles away a try. I can leave our home and get ALL our weekly groceries in the cart, checked out, home and put away in just slightly over an hour. And with my Target Red Debit card I save 5% on everything. I'm now spending about $20 less per week, I can buy everything in one store, and the quality is better on almost everything. The produce is fresher, the meat is better, but if I want a large roast I'll still need to go to Safeway or another grocery store because this is one item that Target doesn't stock, but for everything else its a win-win.

I miss my friends at Safeway, but I'm finished spending my dollars at a store whose corporate office couldn't care less about customer satisfaction. During the past 2 years I have called Safeway corporate no less than 3 times to tell them what is wrong with my local Safeway, and it has done no good. This store used to have an excellent manager, but they moved him to the Petaluma store, and every since that happened I seems like they consider the Rohnert Park Safeway to be their poor bastard stepchild, that they ignore. Safeway sends second quality produce to this store, and while they display it just like Whole Foods, it doesn't disguise the inferior quailty. Too bad, they lost a lifelong customer because they just don't care.

Post# 953716 , Reply# 41   8/20/2017 at 16:12 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Walmart.....its as if I absolutely, positively, would rather drive an hour out of my way than go there.....

has a new slogan.......Fast Check Out, no waiting in line!......yeah, where the heck is that?......I think even the express register runs in reverse.....if your looking to run in, grab your stuff, and get out, this is not the place for you....

even in this commercial, what about the other two people standing in line...waiting!....

Post# 953776 , Reply# 42   8/21/2017 at 02:49 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I always do my Walmart run during the middle of the night, like right about now (3am) because I absolutely despise going in there during the daytime.  I never use a cashier checkout because I can do it faster myself (I was a Walmart cashier while I was in college).  If I'm in a hurry and need to get in and out quick, I just go to Kroger.  I have to pass Kroger on my way to WM anyway, they are only about half mile apart and just a little over a mile from home.

Post# 953873 , Reply# 43   8/21/2017 at 14:42 by lakewebsterkid (Dayton, Ohio)        

Our Aldi was just moved down the road to a new location. The new store is incredible. Very clean and nice to look at. I love the efficiency and germanic nature of the store. There are limits to what you can purchase as the selection is not like Meijer or Kroger, however we always go to Aldi first since the price and quality is spectacular. The only thing we don't like is their applesauce. I can go to Aldi and by stuff for a steak dinner for $20, and at Meijer it would be $30, Kroger is damn near $40.

Post# 954132 , Reply# 44   8/23/2017 at 08:30 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
Misinformation or Disinformation?

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ALDI's competitors in Sunny SoCal have gone on record to say they're ready to fight the invasion, but one has to wonder if their tactics include shills posting negative Yelp! reviews.  Seems the closer an ALDI store is to a Stater Bros., Ralphs or Albertsons, the more likely the negative 1-star reviews that mention the same "issues", almost as if the reviewers are using a list of bullet points:


1. ALDI stores are tiny dark dingy dirty soulless places having more in common with Berlin Wall-era state-run food rationing centers than with a bright clean cheery Muzak-infused American supermarket.


2. ALDI won't last more than a year in the USA because the experience is a shock to the system of the average American, so don't get used to shopping there.


3. ALDI waits for other grocery chains to fail, then buys up their remaining house brand stock for pennies on the dollar, thus the proliferation of brands you never heard of.


4. You have to bring your own shopping bags or buy them at checkout.  ::referee's whistle::  FOUL! Common practice at all grocers in California. Five-yard penalty.


5.  "All they sell is no-name crap of questionable quality, so I didn't buy anything."  Uh, how would you know if you didn't buy anything?


6. You have to pay a quarter to use the shopping cart.  Do not mention that you get back the quarter for returning the cart.


7. All their meat is old, gray and on the verge of botulism.


8. All their produce is other markets' rejects.


9. ALDI has a history of opening stores with super low prices then gradually raising them to match the prices at full-service markets over a period of one to two years (the ol' frog-in-a-pot-of-cold-water trick).

Post# 954148 , Reply# 45   8/23/2017 at 09:35 by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        

Aldi is growing fast here in Australia.
The supermarket-market here was very uncompetitive before they arrived, with huge domination by two national chains, Woolworths and Coles, plus a small number of IGA and other independents. Aldi has really shaken up the major companies, for example Geelong, my nearest largeish city, has a population of 177,000 and now has 7 Aldi stores. One of the ways the big guys have retaliated is by lowering prices to match, but to fund this they have cut many less profitable lines. Eeven today at Coles, two of my regular items have disappeared.

They are known to be a "safe bet" in that you can return anything you aren't happy with within 60 days.

They have had recent criticism for making a lot of money here but paying little or no tax in Australia.Like lots of multi-national companies.

Post# 954159 , Reply# 46   8/23/2017 at 10:01 by wiskybill (Canton, Ohio)        

is hiring in this area of Ohio, looking to expand according
to the manager at the store nearest me.

Post# 954177 , Reply# 47   8/23/2017 at 10:31 by JoeEkaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
And that starting pay rate . . .

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. . . is the main reason you rarely see "informational" picketers from the UFCWU in front of ALDI.

The picketers are usually minimum wage temps hired by the union.

Post# 954236 , Reply# 48   8/23/2017 at 14:18 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Post# 954306 , Reply# 49   8/24/2017 at 06:17 by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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The crème cakes at Aldi's are some of the best tasting store bought cakes I've ever tried.  We especially like the pumpkin (seasonal) & chocolate flavors.

Post# 954320 , Reply# 50   8/24/2017 at 08:19 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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Imported Pound Cakes, Jaffa Cakes and Doppelkeks (similar to Bahlsen Hit sandwich cookies) have moved from ALDI Finds to the ethnic groceries section.  They're now available year-round.  2 DIE 4!

Post# 954403 , Reply# 51   8/24/2017 at 19:15 by MudDuck (USA)        

If ours was closer i would likely shop there more but its way across town and i stop in when i am over that way. I find their dairy such as cheese and milk good and very affordable...the chocolate milk i think is as good tastewise as truemoo. I didn't care for most of the bread item i tried but the bagels are tasty. The produce is hit or miss with a lot of misses. The last time i was there some ladies filled a cart full of meat and walked out of the store without paying and all kinds of chaos followed.

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