Sep 4

New ALDI Store Opening In Fairfax VA

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Great news for those who love to save money on groceries: ALDI, the popular low-price grocery store, is opening its first location in the City of Fairfax, VA! This marks their 3rd store in Fairfax County.

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Address: 11001 Lee Highway Fairfax, VA 22030. Located in same building as Washington Sports Club and Advanced Auto Parts.
Parking Center Entry: It’s right before a busy intersection. The parking center is accessible Northbound on Lee Hwy (US-29 N) right before intersection with Rt 50/Main Street. Or accessible from Chestnut Street (off of Main Street).
Hours: M-F 9 am – 9 pm; Sat. 9 am – 8 pm on Saturday; Sun. 9 am – 7 pm.

Grand Opening on Sept. 5th!

On Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 the Fairfax ALDI will hold its grand opening event which includes:

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9am.
  • Official Grand Opening followed by Golden Ticket Distribution, On-Site Produce for a Year Sweepstakes and Product Sampling

The 1st 100 shoppers after the ribbon cutting will receive a golden ticket, each containing a prize, including ALDI gift certificates, a food product, or an opportunity to participate in a 90-second Grocery Grab.

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I got the opportunity to check out the new store today and talk with Jeff Baehr, Frederick division vice president for ALDI. He shared some unique features of the new store:

  • Larger store: Although ALDI stores are known for being smaller than most grocery stores, this one is actually quite big for ALDI. The layout of the Fairfax, VA is nice and spacious, with approximately 12,000 square feet in shopping space. Most other ALDI stores are closer to 10,000 square feet.
  • A model of efficiency: ALDI eliminates overhead costs by offering smart practices, such as a cart rental system, through which shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart and receive the quarter back upon the cart’s return. Other cost-saving practices include open carton displays and encouragement of customers to bring their own shopping bags.

And, I got to be their first official customer! Had to purchase their seasonal gallon of Nature’s Nectar 100% Apple Cider, which my family loves, and the kids insisted I bring home some ice cream (after all it’s been hot for September!) 😉

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In case you’re not familiar with ALDI stores, here are some things you need to know:

  • Bring a Quarter: You’ll need a quarter in order to use a shopping cart. Don’t worry, you get the 25-cents back when you return your cart (this is how they do it in Europe, and it’s quite effective in getting folks to return their cart to the correct place). If you don’t have a quarter, you can ask the cashier if they can make change for any bills or smaller coins you have.
  • Private Label Brands: More than 90% of the products sold in-store are ALDI-exclusive brands. These items are produced to meet their stringent quality standards, and are sold only in ALDI stores. Their purchasing power and relationships with suppliers allow them to negotiate low prices-which means big savings for you. There are also a limited selection of national brands in-store.
  • No Manufacturer Coupons: ALDI does not accept manufacturer coupons. They do allow ALDI store coupons, but these are not released often. However if you live near a new store, you may receive a mailer with a $5 off a $30+ purchase coupon in the mail or your flyer, close to a store opening.
  • Payment: They accept cash, debit and EBT/Quest cards. By offering the lowest-cost forms of payment for them, they pass along the savings in lower store prices.
  • Faster Checkout: ALDI packages have multiple UPC bar codes, to read dependably from every direction. The checker can drag an item across the scanner without taking the time to turn it over.
  • BYOB: Bring your own BAGS. Unlike other stores, you’ll need to purchase plastic or paper bags if you need them. Be sure to reuse your current stash of paper/plastic/reusable grocery bags and bring with you to ALDI.
  • More Organic & Gluten-Free Products: For those of you that haven’t shopped at ALDI recently, you’ll be pleased to hear that their product selection has expanded. You’ll find a wider variety of products, flavors and varieties in-store, including an increase of reasonably priced organic and gluten-free products.

Are you an ALDI fan too? Be sure to visit the new Fairfax, VA store or stop by one of their other stores in: Washington DC, Alexandria VA, Chantilly VA, Manassas VA, Woodbridge VA, Fredericksburg VA, Stafford VA, Culpeper VA, Oxon Hill MD, Germantown MD, Takoma Park MD, Hyattsville MD, District Heights MD, Cheverly MD, Brandywine MD & Camp Springs MD.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

EVA DRISCOLL September 23, 2014 at 9:50 pm

I recently visited this Aldi store for the first time. I was disappointed. I hate their system of having to put a quarter into the handle of a grocery cart before being able to loosed the chained up cart. There were no instructions posted near the carts explaining how to insert the quarter, or how to get it back. Are they afraid people will steal their carts? This meant having to go in the store to ask how to get a card, having to wait until a checker was free to ask this question, then go back outside to put the quarter in the cart handle. If this store can not trust me to return the shopping cart, I will not return to this store.
I bought some great looking peaches. The sign said .49. I assumed that meant .49 per pound. On my sales receipt I later discovered it was .49 EACH, which must have been posted in such small print that I did not see the word EACH. They were terrible peaches. It took 4 days for them to ripen and then every single one of the 8 peaches I bought were brown inside and not edible. Had to
throw out every peach. Their meat department is very small with little selection. Snacks are more than at the local dollar stores. I found two items which were reasonable, dark bread in 24 ounce size for $1.67, and green grapes on sale for .99 cents a pound, but those were pre-packaged in 2 pound bags. They should have been advertised as $1.98 in 2 pound package. It was misleading, a customer who wanted one pound of grapes could not have bought them for the advertised price of .99 cents a pound.
I submitted a Debit Card to pay for my purchases. Aldie refused to accept the card even though their ad said they accept Debit cards. They do not accept credit cards or checks. Their refusal to accept my Debit card was that no pin number was available. This card does not need or have a pin which I verified
after I returned home.
I will continue to shop at Wegman’s, Giant, Walmart and Safeway.

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Truong Duong September 24, 2014 at 10:11 pm

How can you compete with other groceries around the area like Korean and Chinese stores when your price is still so high!! I love to shop the ALDI in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Commercial Blvd, price much much cheaper than your store, especially vegetables! I can’t find the spare rib like they have in Florida.

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Carmen-Elena Rodas December 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Hi,
Any idea if/when Aldi in Springfield will open?

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Laura December 30, 2015 at 11:56 pm

It opened Feb. 20, 2015!

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Ute Pickens February 1, 2015 at 1:58 pm

I just returned from Germany…while in Vellmar, Germany, I shopped at your store many times…favorite items where “schoko kuesse and smoke salmon…can you import schoko kuesse? I will visit your store as soon as this weather improves…

best regards,

Ute Pickens

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