If you’ve driven down Providence Road any time recently, you probably noticed the new construction near Lowes. Aldi, a German-based grocery store, is currently expanding in the United States and has chosen Waxhaw as its latest new store opening. This 2.25-acre lot will soon have a 19,500 square foot store and ninety-eight parking spaces, along with four other adjacent parcels available. They will be joining the Walmart Neighborhood Market, Harris Teeter, Lowe’s, CVS, Walgreens, McDonald’s, and others.
If you haven’t visited an Aldi yet, get ready, since things are a bit different. One of the first things you will notice is that you will have to “rent” a shopping cart with a quarter. That twenty-five cents will be returned to you when you return your cart to the corral and hook it back in line. Once you walk in with your cart, you will notice that Aldi has a continually rotating selection of non-food items. This seasonal selection is typically only stocked for a short amount of time, so if you see a good deal, make sure you grab it! Once stock is gone, it won’t be back. These items usually rotate seasonally, such as outdoor gear for the summer, dorm essentials for back to school, or seasonal decorations. Next, you will probably notice the wide selection of USDA organic fruits and vegetables. They also offer Black Angus and USDA Choice meats. And don’t forget to finish your table with one of Aldi’s wide selections of wine and beer.
Aldi offers some regional and global brands, but they are also very well known for their in-house brands. These in-house brands constitute about 90% of the products that Aldi carries in their store. These brands include SimplyNature, Specially Selected, LiveGFree, and Little Journey lines. You also won’t find the selection that most stores carry. Aldi usually only carries the most popular items in the most popular sizes. So, for example, instead of shelves of barbecue sauces, they may only have a handful, but that handful has been specially selected for taste and price.
Another unique feature of Aldi is the store layout. Think IKEA and you will get it. Aldi leads customers in on a straight line and guides them through the aisles. Sure, you can get around it, but then you may miss something new and exciting. Aldi encourages customers to bring their own shopping bags since you will have to pay for each bag of theirs that you use. If you have heard that Aldi doesn’t accept credit cards, you will be excited to learn that they now accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. They also recently expanded payment options to include contactless payments like Apple Pay and Google Pay, too. Aldi also gives back to local schools and community organizations. Please visit www.ALDISmartkids.com for details on how Aldi gives back or to apply for funding.
Aldi – 2913 Providence Rd., Waxhaw, NC 28173 – Opening November 2019