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PHOTOS: Aldi's Open, And It's Hiring

As locals flock to new discount grocery store, manager tells Patch they're still looking for staff.

Area shoppers came out in droves Thursday to check out the region's newest grocery store, Aldi in Lake Grove.

A district manager said the place had ben packed since its 9 a.m. ribbon cutting. Though the store is still a little thin on cashiers, he said, adding that they will hold a job fair on April 10 at the store for applicants to come in and interview. Jobs start at $12.10 an hour.

A few shoppers who asked not to be identified said they liked the new market, but Melony Reif of Smithtown said it comes down to how well you know your groceries.

"I think it's good if you know your prices," said Reif, who often does her grocery shopping at Shop Rite.

"Canteloupe for $1.29? That's a good price."

st. james mom April 05, 2012 at 08:21 PM
If though the prices were good for mostly thier brand things, not sure if I really liked it. Needed a quarter to get the shopping cart, no bags unless you pay for them, so you take all your stuff to the car and then go back up to get your quarter back. It reminded me of a dollar store. Guess I will have to see how the food is
Waldbaums associate April 05, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Was very Impressed with the operation. The prices were good...some even beating Waldbaums....and even Walmart....The brands they carry there are mostly ones that you never heard of...However, We brought them home and there is no difference in taste and quality...The difference is PRICE and the packaging and designs look exactly like the name brands... Come on folks where can you get a delicious 18inch pizza for 5.99.... Looks like Aldis goal here is to keep the prices down and want to keep the shopping center clear of carts. Great idea, great concept.... Dont forget the bag of free samples when you leave the store.... Ive been in the supermarket industry for over 35 years...and in my opinion Aldis will make a big Hit!
George April 05, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I will try to be as respectful as possible... Apparently you prefer to buy brand names and that is fine. It does not mean however that the quality is necessarily better, you have just been told that over and over through advertising. Remember, advertising is designed to make you buy that product and not to inform you about the product. Providing your own shopping bags is not a bad idea, just not an American one, but ideas can and often do change with time. If free bags are important to you there are many competing supermarkets that will not charge you. The quarter for the cart is a great idea, this will stop most people from selfishly blocking a parking spot because they can't be bothered to return it to its proper spot. I am sorry but your comments imply you like things "easy" so I suspect you may be one of those people who does not return the cart. I have not been to Aldi's yet so I reserve my opinion about it until...
JustSayin' April 06, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I went to Aldi's .....twice today. I too was very impressed with the prices and the taste and quality is wonderful. Shopping cart worked out beautifully, not left all over parking lot and re-using bags is what I do anyway. That being said, I think they will definitely be a hit as well!
doriselane April 06, 2012 at 11:07 AM
You can also look up your local grocery store or online website Printapons and find a list of the best deals, and the sites will match sale items with coupons.
Kathleen Murphy April 06, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Wouldn't it be GREAT if Kings Park had a grocery store again!? (Key Food barely qualifies, over priced, limited selection & FILTHY) This past week it was announced that Aldis' & Best Yet are opening new stores. Why are none considering KP? Think of the jobs & money that leave our town everyday to surrounding areas, shouldn't we consider a Supermarket here?
Jean Marie April 06, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I'm with you Kathleen!!!!!
Joel Blitzer April 06, 2012 at 12:49 PM
There is not a vacant supermarket in KP. They are both moving into vacant big box or former supermarket locations. I'll hold out for a local Fairway.
Kathleen Murphy April 06, 2012 at 12:58 PM
This is true Joel. We did have the Waldbaums but has since become CVS. That's ok, but I'm sure the "powers that be" could explore and find a venue to attract a store. We have that incomplete building across from the ice rink, we have several closed vacant store that could perhaps be combined into a larger one. If a true diligent effort was made I don't doubt it could be done. Heck, find a taker & build a new store :) I LOVE the Fairway idea! :)
Kathleen Murphy April 06, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Joe, we could also get rid of Key Food & put a clean, decent, community minded store in the location :)
We Heart Long Island April 06, 2012 at 01:09 PM
The "quarter for a cart" idea was tried by Price Club in the 1980's. It didn't last long. I'm curious to see if it works this time.
Dorothy May Chanin April 09, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Cat lady I would like to see a Trader Joes or an IGA. Key Food is dirty, espesially the bottle return. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Donna D April 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Agree. I shop at Stop and Shop now nice Waldbaums closed. It is just too big when you want to get a couple of items. I have tried a couple of times to shop at Key Food but it is just to expensive and needs a complete overhaul. I feel for people who do not have transportation and have to shop at Key Food. Key Food could be a gold mind if they just cleaned up their act and it would help the others stores in that shopping center.

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