We live a very exciting life. Our regular Aldi’s closed for more than a month because it was being remodeled. And once it was ready to go again, we held off on our grocery shopping, so we could be there on the Grand Opening Day. Yep, we were there for the big moment, kind of like attending a sold out concert or seeing a Cardinals playoff game. Now, I’m not trying to brag. Really. I’m just trying to inspire you to live your best life. If you can dream it, you can do it. Just like us.
So, right off the bat, the difference is pretty impressive, even though the actual footprint of the store did not change – i.e. the store did not get any bigger. It does feel bigger though. I thought I noticed some new products. And here’s a little secret. One of the workers told Dan that all the Aldi’s in the whole country are going to be remodeled, and they are all going to look the same. You heard it here first, fourth hand if I am counting correctly. You can take that to the bank, along with all the money you’ll save by shopping at Aldi’s!
Now, I am not an Aldi’s affliate. Is there such a thing? No one’s giving me any money to write about Aldi’s. At least not yet. If you are an Aldi executive, feel free to check out my “Contact Us” page (even though it’s just me) and email me with an offer I can’t refuse. Maybe some free ice cream? Free paper bags when I check out? A VIP reserved grocery cart, so I don’t have to remember to bring a stinkin’ quarter every time.
Back to the store. Now, instead of walking into the shelves of candy followed by the rows of salty, crunchy chips, you walk into a colorful meadow filled with healthy fruits and vegetables. That is followed by the large selection of Aldi’s bread, including sourdough square, thin bagels, and an apple strudel breakfast loaf, all of which wanted to get into our cart for one reason or another.
The aisles seem wider, but I don’t think they are. The middle aisle, which cuts through the center of the store, is wider, I think. I’m guessing the store feels larger as much thought was given to the store’s real estate. For example, in the past, pallets with cases of green beans were stacked at least four feet high. Here’s how much store space the green beans get now:
Yep, that’s the floor there, and the beans are three cans wide. This could be a problem when “Scouting for Food” happens in November. Now, I have heard that “Scouting for Food” is just a St. Louis thing, so, if you’re an Aldi executive, you might want to think about this the third week in November. Just sayin’.
While I did very much like the remodeled store, I do have one other comment, just in case that Aldi VP is still reading. The grapes. Here’s what the grapes look like:
So, you can see how low the grapes are on the shelf. Yep, there’s the floor. You’re making me bend down again? Plus, the display is only three bags wide. How can I root through all the bags to find the bag with the best grapes? Well, don’t think you’re so smart. You think this is gonna stop me? Think again. I will find the best bag. I promise you.
The store has miles of refrigerated and freezer sections. So now, I don’t have to worry about getting my steps in on Aldi shopping day.
Even with all the new refrigerators and freezers lining the lanes, don’t worry, Aldi lovers, the “Aisle of Shame” still exists in the remodeled stores. Caw? Caw? What am I talking about? You see, there is a Facebook group called the “Aldi Aisle of Shame Community.” Sounds crazy, huh? Well, there are 679,843 of us nutheads in the group. We share Aldi Finds, recipes, product reviews, and all things Aldi. The secret greeting of our cult, I mean group, is to yell out “Caw Caw” in a store. If you hear it and you are in the group, you caw back. That’s how we know. So, while I am not brave enough to yell out “caw caw” in the store, I can find the courage to do it here. Caw Caw! Anyone?
The “Aldi Aisle of Shame Community” also does nice things – like buying Aldi’s flowers and giving them to a stranger. This causes either surprise and tears of joy or a panicked mad dash by someone who is totally freaked out. Sometimes the community pre-loads carts with quarters. But you never know if you’re going to get lucky in that way, so you still have to remember to bring a stinkin’ quarter.
The “Aisle of Shame” is still the third aisle which holds the special buys, many non-grocery, and seasonal items . It’s easy to buy the items in the third aisle, because, hey it was at the grocery store, so we must have needed it. Dan calls this aisle, “the junk aisle.” I still love him, even though I don’t understand how he could even say this! After all, look what I found this week:
Another place where they saved real estate is at the check out lanes. They saved space by putting two check out lanes back to back, taking away the aisle in between them. The middle checker is blocked in by the checker on the end, so hopefully, they get along! Otherwise, he or she would have to climb outta there which might give a whole new meaning to “break time.”
And then they did something really weird with where the shopping cart goes. It’s kind of like a pull-in spot, not a pull-through site which we highly prefer when camping. Good thing we’re not camping there! We’ll see how it works over time and during busy times.
Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing our “new” Aldi. I know, it’s pretty exciting! Don’t worry. Your turn will come. Pretty soon, to an Aldi near you.