Bring a Quarter and Bags: Tips for Shopping at Aldi

People lined up for the opening of Aldi's Superior store in 2015. The company's Duluth store opens this week. People lined up for the opening of Aldi's Superior store in 2015. The company's Duluth store opens this week. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

October 10, 2017 04:52 PM

The new Aldi grocery store opening this week in Duluth will bring a new type of shopping experience to the city. The chain operates a little differently than other stores in several ways. Here's what to expect:

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Bring a quarter and some bags. You will need the quarter to get a cart, ensuring that you'll return the cart rather than leave it in the parking lot. Aldi does not provide free bags, so you can either bring your own or purchase bags at the checkout.

Grab a cart outside. The carts aren't inside, they're in a covered area near the entrance. You'll find that even if you are only getting a few items, you may want a cart because of the checkout process. (We'll explain later.)

Don't expect to find name brands. There are a few name brands, but most of the products sold at Aldi are under various store brands. You may need to stop at another store to find a favorite name brand item.

Watch for unadvertised specials. The prices of some perishable products are sometimes lower than usual. At Aldi's Superior store, the price of skim milk has dropped to as low as $1.05 per gallon at least once in the past month.

Watch for seasonal specials. Aldi's stores are limited in size, but rotate many items in and out of the mix seasonally, including items imported from Germany under Aldi's Deutsche Küche brand.

Prepare for a quick checkout. There is no bagging at the register. Cashiers keep the lines moving by quickly scanning items and placing them in a different cart. You'll then take that new cart to a separate bagging area, and leave your old cart for the next shopper.

The new Duluth store, at 1724 Mall Drive, will open with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday at 8:25 a.m. The first 100 customers will receive Aldi gift cards.


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