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  • Post #841 - June 13th, 2018, 10:27 pm
    Post #841 - June 13th, 2018, 10:27 pm Post #841 - June 13th, 2018, 10:27 pm
    Hi,

    Today, I picked up a two pound bag of nectarines at Aldi. As I write, I am eating the last one as well as my first one. My parents ate all the rest.

    When I pinched them in the store, the flesh gave just a bit. I thought they might be slightly under-ripe, though my Dad found them perfect.

    These were the most fragrant nectarines with a great scent rivaling perfume.

    I hope others may be as lucky with these California-grown nectarines from Wawona Packing.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #842 - June 13th, 2018, 11:25 pm
    Post #842 - June 13th, 2018, 11:25 pm Post #842 - June 13th, 2018, 11:25 pm
    As if the very act of walking in Aldi, and repudiating every molecule of pretention that one encounters was not enough. An enjoyable product too?

    Especially telling since behemoths like WF have taken no initiative in stocking quality nectarines. Good find!
  • Post #843 - June 14th, 2018, 5:45 am
    Post #843 - June 14th, 2018, 5:45 am Post #843 - June 14th, 2018, 5:45 am
    I know that Whole Foods stores are larger but their 470 stores in the United Slates and 479 worldwide but they are dwarfed by Aldi’s 1600 US stores in 35 states (a year ago), and plans to have 2000 stores by the end of this year and 2500 by 2022. Their huge buying power may give them more incentive and advantage.
    Perhaps the fact that Aldi US is based in Batavia Illinois shortens the time between product arriving at their main warehouse and available for sale in Chicago stores, also resulting in a tastier product.
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  • Post #844 - June 14th, 2018, 10:24 am
    Post #844 - June 14th, 2018, 10:24 am Post #844 - June 14th, 2018, 10:24 am
    And the stores that they have opened since 2016 are a major upgrade both in terms of fixturing as well as freshness of produce.
  • Post #845 - June 14th, 2018, 3:01 pm
    Post #845 - June 14th, 2018, 3:01 pm Post #845 - June 14th, 2018, 3:01 pm
    I just stopped by the new Menards in Vernon Hills, next to the Aldi being built, and it is immense. It basically has an entire grocery store (without the refrigerated/frozen food, meat and deli) inside it.....about 8 aisles of food). You are going to have Jewel, Mariano's, Aldi, Menards, and Trader Joes all at that intersection, with Whole Foods going in right down the street. It will be interesting to see if they can all make it.

    -Will
  • Post #846 - Today, 9:06 am
    Post #846 - Today, 9:06 am Post #846 - Today, 9:06 am
    There's a newbie from Germany on the starting blocks. Lidl, by revenue the 4th largest grocer in the world, has started rolling out locations on the Eastern seaboard.

    https://www.lidl.com/
  • Post #847 - Today, 11:15 am
    Post #847 - Today, 11:15 am Post #847 - Today, 11:15 am
    Lidl started rolling out on the East coast sometime last year, and from what I have heard it is not doing that well in the US so far.
  • Post #848 - Today, 3:20 pm
    Post #848 - Today, 3:20 pm Post #848 - Today, 3:20 pm
    NFriday wrote:Lidl started rolling out on the East coast sometime last year, and from what I have heard it is not doing that well in the US so far.


    They have scaled back their expansion plans in the US considerably. Mst of my friends in North Carolina have told me that they have been there one or twice to see what the buzz is all about but have never gone back. Maybe another Fresh and Easy that was neither???

    It has taken ALDI several decades to penetrate the US market to the extent that it has. And there have been a lot of mishaps along the way as well as repositioning. They are finally at the point where they can throw up 500 stores in a year and pull it off. They are planning on expanding in SoCal and will be opening 20-40 stores in Phoenix in 2018-2020. Midwest transplants in Arizona cannot wait until ALDI opens. The locals are all in doubt whether they can be successful in Phoenix.

    I will say this, when ALDI enters a market with Winco Foods, it is like the day that you raid the chemistry lab and toss a bit of sodium in the toilet. The two companies generally start a "pricing war" that would seem to hurt their bottom line at first but in reality will draw market share from the conventional grocery stores.

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