|Address:||7006 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003, USA|
|Working:||9AM–9PM 9AM–9PM 9AM–9PM 9AM–9PM 9AM–9PM 9AM–8PM 9AM–7PM|
This is a larger location for the German based grocery chain just off of Little River Turnpike. It is easy to park here, they have a decent selection of produce, dairy, and meat items, but one comes for their prices. Milk gallons regularly sell for under two dollars a gallon. Prices on canned goods, snacks, and organic items are often at or below "stock up" sales at other grocery stores. However, the way Aldi operates is much different than traditional grocery stores. The first thing most people notice about Aldi is the 25 cent deposit required to get a shopping cart. Once you return the cart, you get your quarter back. This means there are no cart returns in the parking lot. Inside there are very few national brands. Most of the brand names are Aldi house brands. I find them to meet or exceed expectations almost always. Sometimes they will not have an item they did last week. It might not come back for months (Im looking at you, Sweet Bavarian Mustard). Common staples are usually on hand but specific flavors or specialty item levels fluctuate. There are between 2 and 5 employees in the store at any given time and they are there to work. Do not come in expecting to have a 30 minute conversation about wine and cheese pairings with an employee. They are friendly but stay busy. You will learn why when you try to check out. At the end of you trip, be aware of the following. They will not bag your items. In fact they will not even give you bags. You can purchase them at checkout for .10 cents. Bring your own bags! There are counters for bagging your groceries past the checkout counter where you can prepare to load your car. Once you finish packing your groceries you take them to your car and return the cart. Or dont. Someone will take it back for you if you dont want your quarter. You have completed your trip to Aldi now head home and open a bag of Clancys chips or a can of GRIDLOCK. If you are a little flexible with your list items, dont care about white glove service, and like to get in and out at the grocery, Aldi is the place for you. If you need specialty goods, dont want to bring your own bags, or need brand name food, do not be disappointed in the store. They do not pretend to be Wegmans, Whole Foods, or even Safeway. Aldi is efficient and the prices reflect that.
Always remember a quarter and your reusable shopping bags. Then enjoy some of the best prices on groceries around. The quarter is for your cart, you will get it back when you put your cart away. If you forget your bags you can buy bags here, but the comes out of your savings. They mostly only carry their own brands, but will have name brands of a few things off and on. They also have special deals on other merchandise.
Cant beat the prices, but they lack a lot of the specialty goods and variety of a regular market. Great experience overall. Also, dont go there trying to find common brands of beer or wine.
Im an experienced ALDI shopper, and this is one of the better, more spacious locations. Sensible layout, good products, and fantastic prices. Id say its worth a visit.
Good stuff for reasonable price. Customer service not so good.