Aldi. The German grocery store that is now in some cities in the United States. Aldi opened in Fairfax, VA, in 2014 and I just got a chance to visit it a few days ago. What an experience! I have to admit, it was kind of strange. BUT, I got a 32-pack box of great fruit snacks, so I’m happy.
Aldi has no fancy shelving, lighting or display elements at all. All of the food is packed in boxes on shelves. There are no bags and you can only pay with cash or a debit card. With barely any overhead costs, the store pays its employees better than most grocery stores and keeps prices low. I have to admit, upon walking into the store I felt a little like I was entering a grocery store in communist Russia. The sterile overhead lighting, the food in boxes and the one way to enter and really navigate the store give it a certain asylum feel. After figuring out how to enter the store, I finally decided to give some of the products a try.
So, here is what I purchased:
- Fruit snacks
- Tide laundry detergent
- Sea salt pita crackers
- Paper towel
I got all of this for around $20.
I was in and out of the store quickly and the no bags policy did not bother me as I usually carry my own bags to the grocery store. I would definitely go back here to purchase one-off items like I did on my first trip, but it is not somewhere that I could go to really grocery shop. I will definitely be hitting up the produce section again as well.