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Clean Inspection, as Aldi Wraps One Year in Town

Inspectors found few issues at the discount grocery store, which is nearing it's anniversary.

Say what you will about Aldi grocery store and its shopping cart rental and no-credit-card policies, but so far the company is running a clean shop in Lake Grove.

The state's Department of Agriculture and Markets only found four general deficiencies in its May 2012 visit of the store, issues deemed not to be a health risk to locals.

Aldi's in Lake Grove, owned by Trader Joe's parent Albrecht Discount, was cited for issues with its doors staying open to long, some spilled sugar under a pallet in the storage area and for storing a package of baby carrots in an unrefridgerated produce area.

That's pretty low compared to other markets in the area.

According to their most recent inspection records, Costco in Nesconset was cited for 19 violations, including cracked flooring, overloaded shelves and a dirty chicken rotisserie area. Stop & Shop in Smithtown and King Kullen in St. James both had 18 general violations.

In the Three Village area, King Kullen-owned Wild By Nature had the most general violations in town with 19, citing dust, soiled surfaces, lack of thermometers in certain areas and an improperly hung strip of fly paper.

But despite Aldi's clean inspection record, we're wondering if a year in town has made it anybody's go-to choice for groceries.

Let us know in the comments.

Chris March 27, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I do 99 percent of my shopping at Aldi. I have literally cut my grocery bills in half. I have found that their products (which look similar to the name brands) are of the same or better quality to the name brands. It is my go-to choice for groceries.
Cindy S March 27, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Have to agree with Chris. I balance my shopping among Costco, BJ and now Aldi. I have found many of the products to be quite good and value priced...just the right size pkgs for two adults and a senior. We've found the crackers, ice creams, chicken, pork chops and their goat cheese products very good. At the holidays they bring in a line of specialty german cookies, chocolates etc. and VERY good prices (and even cheaper than the same item at Trader Joes) The produce is short on selection, but will get you through if you don't get to Uncle G veggies market. We're pleased with what we have gotten there. The no-credit card is a blessing...if you don't have the cash to spent, well you can't rack-up credit card charges like it's sooo easy to do in Costco/BJs.
Rileyanne Slavin March 27, 2013 at 06:47 PM
I love Aldis so happy it's here! Hope they open more in the area :-)
tim March 27, 2013 at 09:25 PM
OMG Albrecht Discount is ALDI....
Had Enuf! March 28, 2013 at 08:19 AM
I also do most of my shopping at ALDI . I find their products to be essentially equivalent to the name brands I used to buy elsewhere, with the exception of their plastic trash bags. The prices make the trip worth it, and due to their layout, I can shop in 25% of the tiime I would in a larger supermarket in the area. Really, the 25 cent deposit for the cart is no big deal ( you get it back, cheapskates) and if you do not have cash they take debit. What is not to like? I have spoken with people that trash the the place but have never been there, just based on what they read in the patch. Try it, you will like it.
Cindy S March 28, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Have to say the "Aldi Bashers" may not be who you think they are....I was in the store yesterday and a mom with 3 kids in tow was stocking u an an assortment of items including chips and cookies....all the kids kept asking is "are the cookies any good?"...it was obvious the kids were looking for the "national name brands". Sad young kids are so brainwashed.
Jessica B. March 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Amazing store! At least 95% of my grocery shopping is done there. Excellent quality, and fantastic prices that are better than sale prices at other stores. Plus, you don't have to clip coupons or worry about sales - the prices are always great. I always carry my debit card, so that's no problem. I like reusable bags because it helps the environment - just keeps the bags in your trunk and you're always ready to go. Please try a variety of items a few times and compare prices before you say anything negative about it. The managers and cashiers have always been positive and friendly too.
Sarah Reed April 02, 2013 at 06:43 PM
I love Aldi!! I use to shop at Publix (grocery store popular in Florida), which is extremely over-priced. I didn't realize it because I had been shopping there for over 15 years. After some financial difficulties, I started shopping at Super Walmart. I definitely saved a lot compared to Publix, but it was still a struggle. I discovered Aldi about two months ago--oh my gosh, I have found nirvana! I spend less than $80 a week to feed myself and my two children--and I mean "feed"--I come home with so much food it is ridiculous. So what, I have to pay with cash, deposit a quarter for a cart, and bag my own groceries--who cares. Definitely worth it!

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