Aldi a Different Kind of Grocery Store

If you haven’t shopped at Aldi yet, you’re in for some surprises. The grocery store is not your usual American food market and many of the brands, stock displays, and practices may be different from those you normally experience when you’re food shopping.

Founded in Essen, Germany in 1914 by Anna Albrecht, the small food store grew and by 1948, Anna’s sons had taken over the business and expanded to four locations. In 1954, they opened their first self-service store and in 1962, the name changed to a combination of  ALbrecht+DIscount. The company came to America in 1976 and has steadily spread across the country.

So, what’s the big deal? Loyal customers say it’s low-cost, great value, organic food, eco-friendly products, and no-frills shopping that keeps them coming back. Because the company doesn’t do traditional advertising, they can pass the savings of not having a big ad budget onto their customers.

North Myrtle Beach store

Myrtle Beach Locations

Aldi recently opened two stores in the Myrtle Beach area. The North Myrtle Beach store opened in March 2017 in the Lowes Home Improvement plaza just north of 2nd Avenue North. It is located in the former Staples building on the north side of the center. The address is 244 Highway 17 North, North Myrtle Beach.

The other location is off Highway 17 Bypass just south of Highway 544 on the former site of Wicked Stick Golf Links. Here a new building was constructed just for the grocery store, which opened in April 2017. The address is 2625 Beaver Run Boulevard, Surfside Beach.

The new store off Bypass 17 south of Highway 544

How to Shop at Aldi

First take your reusable bags. They don’t provide bags for your groceries (a cost saver), but you can purchase reusable bags there if you forget yours.

Second, be sure to have a quarter for the buggy. You don’t just take a cart out of the line, you have to “rent” it. Lock the cart back into the line when you’re finished and you get your quarter back (football pun).

Third, you know when you forget something and you have to double back to the first row of the store – you can’t do that. Aldi, in its beautiful German efficiency, keeps you moving one way through the aisles. That’s not to say you can’t go back (I do it all the time), but you’re moving against the traffic flow to do so.

Fourth, at check out, they move your groceries from your cart to an empty cart. You pay the cashier, then roll your new cart over to the long packing table to put your groceries into your bags before leaving the store.

No-frills shopping style

One thing to remember, if you see it and you want, buy it, because it may not be there next time. Some items are limited, one time deals, so don’t hesitate.

Aldi may not be everyone’s wiener schnitzel. If you have specific brands that you simply must buy, you’ll probably not find them here. But if you are a value shopper, the store is definitely an experience in finding quality items at a low price. You can learn more here.

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