There are 48 of the Iowa-based discount stores in Florida, with concentration along the west coast and around Orlando. In 31 states, they have more than 1000 stores.
Only occasionally will a brand-name product show up on the shelf – the company’s release says less than 5 percent of products are national brands. The rest are ALDI’s exclusive “premium” branded foods. Along with shelf foods, fresh meat and produce are available. Some stores also sell beer and wine.
Streamlined shopping experience
The store is able to discount by cutting back on some shopping amenities – free bags among them. The store is BYOB – bring your own bags; otherwise, there’s a charge. To use a shopping cart, shoppers pay 25 cents and get it back when they return the cart.
Debit cards are accepted, along with EBT cards, but no credit cards are taken – it’s cash and carry for the most part.
Aldi will open in the old Albertson’s store at Military Trail and Linton Boulevard in west Delray Beach; no word yet on when.