Aldi plans another store for St. Paul

Dec 1, 2008 Read more: TwinCities.com 13
Discount grocer Aldi is planning to open a store on St. Paul's East Side next year at Ruth Street and Suburban Avenue. Read more
Cindy Stainker

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Dec 1, 2008
I wonder how worried Cub and Byerly's will be. From what I have heard, Aldi's offers pretty good stuff. I've never shopped at Aldi's but I have been thinking of trying it.
oxboro

Farmington, MN

#2 Dec 1, 2008
Cindy Stainker wrote:
I wonder how worried Cub and Byerly's will be. From what I have heard, Aldi's offers pretty good stuff. I've never shopped at Aldi's but I have been thinking of trying it.
Cub and Byerlys have nothing to be worried about, Aldis is good cheap alternative for a few things mostly dry goods and canned..but produce and meat isnt good at all, and not a big slection..not bad mouthing aldis but tthey are not competition to the big boys
Cindy Stainker

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Dec 1, 2008
oxboro wrote:
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Cub and Byerlys have nothing to be worried about, Aldis is good cheap alternative for a few things mostly dry goods and canned..but produce and meat isnt good at all, and not a big slection..not bad mouthing aldis but tthey are not competition to the big boys
Thanks, maybe I'll just try it for the dry goods then. This time of year I usually do a lot of baking.
St Paul mom

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Dec 1, 2008
Aldi's is not Byerlys.:)
That's like comparing fresh chicken to canned.
Watch Out

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Dec 1, 2008
I mostly shop at Aldi's lately and find things to be very affordable. I like taking home the one pound frozen hamb logs, but would be careful of the bread (turn it over and look at the bottom) and the chips, if you notice grease stains in the bottom of the box, don't buy them.
duh

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Dec 1, 2008
i was wondering what they were building there
Eastsider

Bloomington, IL

#7 Dec 1, 2008
Also, be aware that you must bring cash, debit card, or EBT.....no checks or credit cards accepted.
later

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Dec 1, 2008
St Paul mom wrote:
Aldi's is not Byerlys.:)
That's like comparing fresh chicken to canned.
More like one bad brand of canned.:)
Gndydncr

Fargo, ND

#9 Dec 1, 2008
Aldi's is not a competitor to Cub or Byerly's. They will provide a limited selection of basic foods. No 'over the counter' anything, no deli, no coffee shop, or restaurant. Families in the lower income brackets will find it to be a godsend because of the lower prices. You will have to work a little more to get a little more for your grocery dollar. You will learn to bring your own boxes or bags to tote your groceries home or else you will have to buy some at the store. It'll cost you money (a quarter or two) to use a grocery cart but you get your money back if you take your cart back from the parking lot and put it back in the cart dispenser in the store. I know families who have a special place in the car for the "Aldi cart quarter". As other posters have noted, Aldi's doesn't offer the conveniences that carry a high price tag such as surcharges for credit and chasing down bounced checks. While their stock is adequate, it isn't elaborate. You won't find a dozen brands of mushrooms for example in a dozen different sizes and the cereal aisle is pretty short. I suspect people will soon figure out how Aldi's will complement their trips to the other two stores.
K in the grove

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Dec 1, 2008
duh wrote:
i was wondering what they were building there
Me too, the lot looks kinda small though
Kay

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Dec 1, 2008
I love shopping at Aldi. Smaller than most grocery stores, it's like a convenience store, but instead of the prices being a lot more, they are a lot less! I bought a couple things my first trip and they were all good, got braver each time and have liked pretty much everything.

Even fruit can be ok, I cut some up for a fruit bowl for a pot luck, and one guy asked where I got the cantaloupe becaue it was the best he'd ever had. I wouldn't count on that quality all the time, but I sure wouldn't say to skip the fruit.

My dog prefers their Shep biscuits. After having them for a few weeks, at my parents house my mom gave him a Milkbone and he spit it out!

You need to learn the cart system - I do keep an "Aldi quarter" in a spot in my car. But if that very little effort on my part can keep their costs down, I'm all for it. And keeps carts out of the parking lot too. I think it's brilliant.

Bring your own bags if you don't want to buy them, or look for empty boxes - that's what I usually do.
oxboro

Farmington, MN

#12 Dec 2, 2008
aldis opened a big distribution center in Faribault this past year, so things are now kept pretty fresh,
Pam

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Feb 6, 2009
Kay wrote:
I love shopping at Aldi. Smaller than most grocery stores, it's like a convenience store, but instead of the prices being a lot more, they are a lot less! I bought a couple things my first trip and they were all good, got braver each time and have liked pretty much everything.
Even fruit can be ok, I cut some up for a fruit bowl for a pot luck, and one guy asked where I got the cantaloupe becaue it was the best he'd ever had. I wouldn't count on that quality all the time, but I sure wouldn't say to skip the fruit.
My dog prefers their Shep biscuits. After having them for a few weeks, at my parents house my mom gave him a Milkbone and he spit it out!
You need to learn the cart system - I do keep an "Aldi quarter" in a spot in my car. But if that very little effort on my part can keep their costs down, I'm all for it. And keeps carts out of the parking lot too. I think it's brilliant.
Bring your own bags if you don't want to buy them, or look for empty boxes - that's what I usually do.
It is nice to heat a positive response , I've been shopping at aldi's since that arrived in Minnesota. I'am very happy to have another option in these tough economic times aldi's has saved my family a pretty pen, so before I pass a negative word or two I make sure to show my appreciation by continuing to be a customer. I also think the things we chose not to shop at other big named grocery stores will become a concern for them, and I don't think thats a bad thing.

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