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Aldi grocery busy during grand opening

Posted: April 20, 2016 - 12:55am
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The King family (from left) Rachael, Sam, Tripp and Daniel, prepare to unload groceries after a trip to Aldi.  DANIEL KING/SPECIAL
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The King family (from left) Rachael, Sam, Tripp and Daniel, prepare to unload groceries after a trip to Aldi.

NORTH AUGUSTA — It was tough to get a parking space at Aldi on April 14, its grand opening day, but the King family easily found lots to like once they got inside.

“It’s awesome,” said Daniel King, who was shopping with his wife, Rachael, and sons Tripp and Sam. “We tend to go for the natural and organic items.”

The family has been shopping at the Aldi in Aiken for about five years. The new North Augusta store, at Knox and Lecompte avenues, is much closer to where they live, in the Bath-Burnettown area.

Rachael King lauded the chain’s prices for produce and snacks.

Theresa Sellner, of North Augusta, also noted good prices on produce and meat, and admired the brand new store. She had occasionally driven to the Aldi in Martinez and was glad she could shorten future grocery trips.

Aldi carries more than 1,300 grocery and household items, mostly under its brand. The company eliminates overhead costs by building smaller stores, encouraging reusable shopping bags, opening during prime shopping hours and implementing a shopping cart rental system in which customers insert a quarter to use carts and receive the quarter back when they return it.

The chain, based in Ger­many and founded in 1913, opened its first U.S. location in 1976 in Iowa. The company now operates nearly 1,400 U.S. stores and about 4,000 stores worldwide.

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