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ALDI to build store on Bobby Jones Expressway

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An ALDI discount grocery store is coming to Augusta.

The store will be at 227 Bobby Jones Expressway, said Thom Behtz, the division vice president of the chain.

The store could open before year’s end, but ALDI was unable to confirm an exact date.

The business will be in a new building, he said. That address is the former location of Golden Corral, which built a new restaurant next door.

Demolition of the old building will begin in two weeks, Behtz said.

It will be the second ALDI store in the area. The company also has a store at 2510 Whiskey Road in Aiken that opened in 2009.

ALDI stores have a staff of about 10 employees, Behtz said.

The Batavia, Ill.-based company has nearly 1,000 stores in the U.S. The stores carry 1,400 regularly stocked items, which are mostly private-label brands. The stores sell produce, meat and grocery items. The discount grocery store chain offers groceries for up to 50 percent less than the competition, according to its Web site.

ALDI says it is able to keep prices low because it keeps shopping carts stored in one place and doesn’t spend money on staffers to retrieve carts. Customers put in a quarter to obtain a cart, and they get their quarter back when they return it.

The chain accepts only cash and debit and Electronic Benefit Transfer cards to avoid credit card processing fees. In addition, shoppers provide their own bags to pack their purchases.

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BamaMan
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BamaMan 07/19/12 - 10:47 am
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ALDI

Is this the old Golden Corral?

David Parker
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David Parker 07/19/12 - 11:02 am
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Is 227 Bobby Jones the old

I was gonna ask the same

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/19/12 - 11:32 am
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Yeah, it's in the old Golden

Yeah, it's in the old Golden Corral. I've read about this store and I'm not sure I get the concept of the small grocery store using store brands?

my.voice
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my.voice 07/19/12 - 11:49 am
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Brings a new meaning to the

Brings a new meaning to the acronym BYOB!

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 07/19/12 - 12:08 pm
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ALDI is great place to save $$$$

Some quick history:
A small group of us on the South Siders started contacting ALDI's back in Dec. 2010 trying to get them to open a store in the Bobby Jones & Peach Orchard Rd. Area. The Traffic numbers were there, but a not the economy at the time.

My family has shopped ALDI's for almost 2 years in Aiken SC. and many years in other locations.

Their stores generally are CVS, Dollar General, Family Dollar in size with a no trills shopping atmosphere. They usually have 4 individual isles and wall shelves coming in the store, freezer / coolers on the other 2 walls, all loaded warehouse style. Example: Milk prices in the past have been well over $1.00 below the best super market prices. Special items like 2 x 8oz lobsters tails for $14.95 are run a few times a year. Don't expect to see 5 varieties of any item, but do expect to see better than normal prices of the item.

ALDI's will give any super market, and including Wally World, a run for their money on many items.

SHOPPING NOTES:
Have a quarter ready for the shopping carts. The carts are coin locked to keep cart ladies at bay and prices down. You will get your quarter back when its placed back in the holding area. Kids will eagerly return your carts for the quarters they collect.

Bring your own bags, boxes (likes SAMS), you can purchase them there at a small cost, or just load the cart up and dump it in your trunk.

SOUTH SIDE HINT:
Although ALDI's is not a South Side store YET, they do track zip codes and will locate stores in areas that will support their further expansion.

Also check out their Double Back your money guarantee.

If you are looking for a job, they pay very good, but whatever the position you have will also be doing shelve stocking work.

To get an idea of what they carry checkout:
http://weeklyads.aldi.us

Sorry to come off sounding like a marketing rep.. But getting Aldi's in Augusta is good thing and now we'll be work on getting them to the South Side also.

globetrotter 10
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globetrotter 10 07/19/12 - 12:06 pm
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Awesome...finally! I don't

Awesome...finally! I don't have to drive to Aiken anylonger....it really was about time! :-)
Great comment open curtain! I have written them myself quiet a fes times along with some of my friends!
Yes Aldi's prices are really hard to beat, their produce is always at least half of other stores, so are their many other products they offer inclduing the wine!!!
I am so very happy!!!!

BamaMan
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BamaMan 07/19/12 - 12:15 pm
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Southside

OpenCurtain, do you really think South Augusta would get an ALDI with one right up the road on Bobby Jones? I don't think they build them very close to each other. Doesn't sound like too appealing a place to shop, but hey, money's money!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/19/12 - 01:07 pm
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This really is good news

I'm sick of having to come up with reasons to go to Aiken so that I can really do what I want to be in Aiken for in the first place--to shop at Aldi's.

KSL and signothr are the total exception.

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bdouglas 07/19/12 - 02:14 pm
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Great post, OpenCurtain. If

Great post, OpenCurtain. If you check out their ad, they also stock weekly specials of less grocery-like items and seasonal things that can be some good deals, too. Grew up shopping at Aldi's with my mom in Illinois and was glad to see Aiken get one. I have a few route options going home from work, and one takes my right by Aldi's, so it's nice and convenient. I'm sure the one on Bobby Jones will be a welcome addition once the folks who don't know see what it's all about.

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DMPerryJr 07/19/12 - 04:40 pm
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Love Aldi

Shop there not because I can't afford to shop at other places, but because I am so cheap.

However, I rarely darken the doors at Wal Mart. I will pay more to avoid that store simply because the shopping experience, at least in my neck of the woods, is AWFUL.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 07/19/12 - 03:14 pm
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South Side Hopes and Pride Still Shines Bright

BamaMan

Regarding a ALDI's wish for the South Side.
ALDI's store locations in East Metro Atlanta, have at least 3 located within just Gwinnett county. These are less than 10 miles apart.
(Snellville, Duluth, Lawrenceville and Swanee

So there is realistic hope.

BamaMan, remember we are not talking a super store, but a trimmed down supermarket the size of CVS or Family Dollar store. 1/4 the size of a IGA or 1/8 Food Lion.

A small group of non-political citizens have been quietly pushing to rebuild the South Side and they have been contacting, national and regional community businesses, as citizens asking them to look at the South Side.

ALDI's is a logical pick to push for the South Side and they did. Was what they did the reason ALDi's relocated to Augusta? Likely not, but putting bug in their ear surely did not hurt.

OK, they located their 1st Augusta Store near I-20 along the drop off route for Aiken. Locating a store 8 miles down Bobby Jones off US-25 is still on the way to Aiken SC. using the Aiken Augusta Hwy. An we offer a whole different economic zone to expand and build in. The West Augusta Store makes a logical 1st placement store for this side of the river.

I'll bet you a Coke (pepsi, if you're a Yankee (joking)) that the South Side gets an ALDI's in less than 3 years or Augusta gets another Store east of that store in 2 years.

BTW: Here is the ALDI's location Criteria
* Development lots or pads preferred – will purchase, lease or ground lease - We have plenty to offer.

* Lot size should be 2.0 acres or larger for development lots
16,476 square feet buildings with a minimum of 85 dedicated parking spaces - We have plenty to offer.

* Inline or end-cap space also considered - 112' 4 frontage, 137'4 depth preferred - We have plenty to offer.

* Signalized, full-access intersection preferred - Several available right now to offer.

* Trade area population of 35,000+ within 3 miles, cities of 20,000+, counties of 40,000+ -- We got this covered also easily.

* Sites located in community and regional shopping districts with convenient access to population - We have plenty to offer.

* Sites zoned to allow grocery use - This Richmond Co. they'll rezone for any family business (said with a grin).

So don't count out the South Side and why should anyone? The Weaklings left and Die-Hards stayed so we have a strong foundation to rebuild from. It may take 20 years and a lot political house cleaning, but the South Side will come full cycle, just like every area does eventually.

KSL
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KSL 07/19/12 - 09:47 pm
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Aldi is great. Fruits,

Aldi is great. Fruits, vegetables and meats are wonderful. Aldi is a German company. My son shopped there in Germany in 1994. I believe the parent company also owns Trader Joes. Great business model. Don't plan on getting all the items you need there, but you can save up to 50% on items. For us, it has been worth the extra stop.

KSL
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KSL 07/19/12 - 09:49 pm
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And Fiat, next time you are

And Fiat, next time you are in Aiken planning a trip to Aldi, let me know. I miss our lunches.

KSL
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KSL 07/19/12 - 09:50 pm
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Having Fiat withdrawal!

Having Fiat withdrawal!

KSL
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KSL 07/19/12 - 10:24 pm
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We can head to Augusta, as

We can head to Augusta, as well, Fiat. But don't ask us to go to First Friday. At least not until somebody in charge. LOL.

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countyman 07/19/12 - 10:52 pm
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Please build a border on the

Please build a border on the Bobby Jones Expressway/I-520.... Let CC have their ALDI, Walmart, and Golden Corral, etc... Who in RC needs Walmart anyway? When the Walmart on Wrightsboro rd, and the Walmart neighborhood Market off 15th street both start construction next year... Build the highest wall between Columbia county's part of Washington rd between Pleasant Home and further up the road going past the Walmart in Evans.. Richmond county will be fine with the Home Depot, Sams, Rooms To Go, etc on Bobby Jones and the Fresh Market, Bonefish Grill, Outback, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, TGI Fridays, etc on Washington rd..

Plus here in Richmond county we get to keep the Village at Riverwatch, Augusta Exchange, Wheeler Town Park, Surrey Center, Augusta mall, and the overwhelmingly majority of entertainment, restaurants, and of course jobs..

We all know Mullins Crossing, the Gateway, and the other shopping centers in CC are so much better than the one's in RC .. The great salaries at Club Car and Augusta Sportswear can easily support the homes in Jones Creek..

I'm only trying to be sarcastic, and obviously meant no harm to anybody.. I hope the CC residents who don't have to put down RC and uplift CC daily understand the point I was making.. I just have to defend Richmond County sometimes due to the statements made on here...

KSL
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KSL 07/19/12 - 11:31 pm
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Actually, I think your over

Actually, I think your over zealous defense is doing more harm than good. It behooves everyone living in the Augusta metro to have a strong and successful Augusta. And most of us know it. We just get tired of you overselling Augusta to us.

KSL
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KSL 07/19/12 - 11:36 pm
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I like to hear the news of

I like to hear the news of what is happening in Augusta. Can you at least lighten up on attempt to try to convince us we should all be wanting to live there?

KSL
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KSL 07/19/12 - 11:38 pm
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Some of us prefer a small

Some of us prefer a small cohesive town atmosphere and attitude.

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InChristLove 07/20/12 - 05:06 am
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Glad they are finally putting

Glad they are finally putting an Aldi's in Augusta. Wasn't aware they had one in Aiken. I thought the nearest one was Columbia. Definitely be on my shopping route.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/20/12 - 08:49 am
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I'm still chuckling at the

I'm still chuckling at the comment that the way they make a profit is by not having someone manage shopping carts.. REALLY!!

Build your wall CM, provided it will keep the kind who shoot up First Friday on your side. You would also see your higher end restaurants leaving Richmond County in droves to build on this side of the wall.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/20/12 - 09:03 am
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PRetty much everything has

PRetty much everything has been said about this ALDI store. It's going to be easy peezy lemon squeezy for me to get in coming from Old Evans Road. Leaving and taking my left onto BJ Expressway, not so much, unless I do my shopping after dinner or before daylight.

Won't be so bad to make a left into the place b/c you only have to navigate the two lanes coming at you. Coming out you have to time it so that you miss traffic coming at you, miss anyone using the suicide lane, and then merge into traffic heading toward Washington Road.

Coincidently, I can't think of a better play than coming from Old Evans, shopping ALDI, and then continuing South on Bobby Jones to get home. I don't know how many folks would find themselves with that option, but it's there.

WHOO, 1000 points!!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/20/12 - 10:26 am
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Correctomundo

I try to avoid that segment of Bobby Jones as much as I can because of the traffic, but David is correct that if you choose the time of day, it's not so bad. You can bet I will start shopping at Aldi when it becomes available.

quicksteelergirl
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quicksteelergirl 07/20/12 - 02:25 pm
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Yay!

I really like shopping at ALDI. We had them in Columbia and they offer good products at a good price. Some name brands, but mostly not. Can't wait. I may never go to walmart again...Oh I forgot-I have straight talk..

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