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Whole Foods- I have to let you go (for Now)...Hello Aldi


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Whole Foods- I have to let you go (for Now)...Hello Aldi

paulispumonti | | Oct 11, 2008 05:49 PM

Nothing like receiving a 3rd quarter 401K statement in Saturday's mail....nice way to start the weekend...anyway, I've made an applied economic transition, albeit temporary, but ya never know, it could achieve permanence.....So, this Aldi is actually OK, despite these mystery brands like Grandessa, Millville, and the cutesy Fit and Active....I hear they are part of Trader Joe's, so it may offer hope.....So I checked it out a couple of times recently, and here's my shortlist:

The Good:

1) The Millville whatever Bran Cereal- can't beat the huge box for $1.49...and it sure beats 3 tabs of Metamucil
2) Imported Havarti w/ Dill , an 8 oz slab for under $3...the Antoinette brand- but no sign of Maria
3) The frozen Southwestern style eggrolls- oozing with ecstasy....once you heat 'em
4) The turkey cold cut variety pack...somewhat retro, especially the Cotto turkey- what is Cotto? the turkey bologna is lame though- how but turkey pastrami instead Mrs. Aldi?
5) A delicious, bold, well-defined, casky bottle of Winking Owl Shiraz, with plum and Currant notes for $2.99 to top it all off...why bother with a pricey Silver Oak when you could indulge in some robust Winking Owl!!! I can't wait to try the $3.99 Riesling to chase down with some Hot Pockets...

The not-so-good:

1) Why can't you have more than 1 cashier per store? ..and why is that one cashier the only person I ever see in the store..I guess that's how you keep the prices down...1 the line usually goes all the way back to the refrigerated dairy section..Are you the Manager too?
2) The fresh produce comment
3) You guy's carry some weird stuff!!! like Bury Lane Parka winter coats for $24.99.. I didn't know you were in competition with TJ Maxx!!!
4) You charge 25 cents for a shopping cart!!! I have never felt so humiliated...all the more reason to go back to Whole Foods, where the cart is free

And speaking of whole Foods...You know i I luv ya... I walk into your store and want to buy EVERYTHING!!! But your too pricey for the most of us IMHO....I just can't right now shell out a bloody fortune for some curried chicken salad, $11.99 per# for your superb olive bar,$4.95 for a slice of carrot cake, or $6 for a bunch of celery.... But your $5.99 Rotisserie chicken on Thursday's here in Chicago is the best deal in town...and your salad bar is the best,!!!