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ALDI’s Opens Store in Knoxville

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I have never shopped at Aldi’s before, but had heard about the new store opening at Schaad Road.  So  I thought I’d go check it out…along with many of you Knoxvillians. Wow.  What at time to do a little grocery research!

They seem to have a good price on produce and on staples (you know…flour and sugar and the like).  They don’t “do coupons”, so my trips there will be somewhat limited.  I would love to hear what you know about Aldi’s and how they compare to other stores in the area.

A few things to note:

You have to bring your own grocery bags. They don’t have any…unless you purchase a reusable one.

You should bring a quarter so that you can get a cart. That’s right.  They charge you a quarter to “rent” a cart.  You’ll get it back when you return the cart.  I guess that’s one way to save on overhead…they don’t have to pay some kid minimum wage to run through the parking lot wrangling carts all day.

My overall experience was a good one. They have a great looking and very clean store.  The HUSBAND snapped a few pictures and he said that the architectural style was decent too…(whatever he meant by that).

What is your experience with Aldi’s?

Leave a comment below.

Comments

  1. There is a $5.00 coupon for Aldi's in the newspaper today. I think you have to spend $30 to use it. I probably will go there once every couple months or so — as you said — there are some staples worth stocking up on. If it's not out of the way (and for at least the next couple months it won't be because I pass it to take my daughter to dance class) I might grab some produce. I just really love Kroger and get too stressed out when I'm trying to cover too many stores!

  2. I went on Sat. It was a little crazy in there. I agree about produce prices being good. And some seafood was priced well, too. I got some rubber rain boots for the girls for $8 ($15 at Target). Being that it's in N. Knox and I'm in South, I will probably only go there if there's a smokin' hot deal on something (that you let me know about, Katie…:)). Otherwise prices seemed comparable to the UGO and Garden Fresh Market right around the corner from me (although Aldi was nicer/cleaner/newer). The trip satisfied my curiosity. But now Barbara went and told me about a coupon which might mean I feel compelled to go back! Haha

  3. Stephanie says:

    I really like this store. I love the price on milk and lunch meat and snack foods. Also, I had done a little research on their line of face care and bought a jar for a mere $2.99! So far, I really like it.

    My husband and I have just started ordering from the Angel Food Ministries and between Aldi and using coupons at other stores, we are seriously cutting our grocery bill by at least half each month.

    It is great for stores like Aldi to open in Knoxville. In larger cities where there are more stores, you will see much more competition. My mother lived in Indianapolis most of her life and was an absolute genius at coupon/discount shopping. Stores in her home town regularly had triple coupon sales and much lower loss leader prices. She got a thrill out of telling me her coupon stories and I cannot help but think of her everytime I find a great deal or see a website such as this. Thanks for the great work!

    Aldi is very busy. Sure people are checking it out because it is new. However, many people are also returning after seeing what good prices they have.

  4. I went to Aldi for the first time on a tuesday afternoon thinking that I could take my time and look over and find things I needed. It was stressful, the isles where small, and there is streamline of traffic that seems to only go one direction. There were some deals, but really I feel like I can do better with Kroger. After I had checked out and was trying to bag my own groceries, there was a gentleman who was bringing back some items (milk and cheese and eggs) and he warned me about them being old, spoiled and molded! So, as I left I was nervous about the things I bought. With the 5$ coupon, I spent around 35.00. I am really not a fan of the Aldi store! But I feel like it needs to be experienced to come to your own opinion!

  5. I didn't like that the cashier rings up your items and just puts them into another shopping cart for you to take to the side after your pay him/her, and then you have to pull the items back out of the cart to bag or box them. I don't mind bagging them myself, but would have appreciated the few extra seconds the whole order would've taken, if the cashier had rung up the items and handed each item to me to bag up, and then I'd pay, and then leave. It was just too rushed and stressful. I did like the price of a gallon of milk though, and will stop in for milk, if Aldi is on my way somewhere else.

  6. Renee Reed says:

    Personally, I loved it. Its on the way home from the soccer fields for me. And saving on the basics for the pantry couldn't be better. Its still fairly crowded but it sure beats trying to get in and out of walmart. I even had a woman “watch” to see how I returned my cart. She hadn't been before. You have to attach the little chain thing to the back of the quarter slot thing to get your quarter back. And I think I have some of the coolest reusable bags that I got at toys-r-us of all places.

  7. We have been to Aldi 3 times since it opened and i can tell you that we have saved loads of $.The eggs for .49 cents were great AND NOW i almost hate to go to Food City or Kroger as theirprices are much more exspensive.So my comment would be ALDI IS GREAT!

  8. If you like to drink the occasional glass of wine, they have a store brand called Winking Owl. The red is actually quite good. I don't know if the Knoxville store sells it because I just found out that it reopened, but it sold for around $3 in NC and GA.

  9. Rachel_M says:

    I've heard great things about Aldi wine too but we won't be trying it here in Knoxville any time soon. TN law currently does not allow wine sales in grocery stores. There is a group here trying to get this changed – check out http://www.redwhiteandfood.com for more information or to get involved.

  10. If you like to drink the occasional glass of wine, they have a store brand called Winking Owl. The red is actually quite good. I don't know if the Knoxville store sells it because I just found out that it reopened, but it sold for around $3 in NC and GA.

  11. Rachel_M says:

    I've heard great things about Aldi wine too but we won't be trying it here in Knoxville any time soon. TN law currently does not allow wine sales in grocery stores. There is a group here trying to get this changed – check out http://www.redwhiteandfood.com for more information or to get involved.

  12. Jameslong4110 says:

    well we went to aldi when it first open but as time went buy the savings seem to have vanished

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