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Old 03-12-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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For this particular store you may have a point, but I was more referring to Bottom Dollar expanding in the whole Philly/SJ metro, where as you alluded to even supermarket giants like Safeway and Ahold (in SJ at least) couldn't make it.

Bottom Dollar isn't trying to compete with Whole Foods/Trader Joe's anyway.

If you don't consider Aldi a supermarket, then what do you consider Bottom Dollar? They are both fairly similar, the only thing Bottom Dollar has that Aldi doesn't is some brand names. I think Bottom Dollar is trying to find a middle ground between Aldi and a traditional supermarket, but IMO is much more similar to Aldi than ShopRite.

And for those that do want a traditional supermarket, I just read that the ShopRite there was voted the best supermarket in SJ or something. And I'm not sure how you can say "there isn't a Wegmans." There are 2 within 15 minutes of Cinnaminson. And considering those are the only 2 Wegmans in SJ, I'm sure there's a lot more people driving further than that to get there.
The Mt.Laurel store is close - closer than I originally thought to Cinnaminson, but on a different road. Also, 6 miles is about the distance from the Mt. Laurel Wegmans to Marlton. Typically I consider if it's in the same zip code, or off the same major road where in adjacency to be directly competing, but maybe that's too narrow.

I consider Aldi a market but not a supermarket, but it's just my opinion I suppose. They seemed very understaffed compared to a typical grocery store and don't have features like express lanes, and I think they sell more of their house product than stock anywhere near the variety of items one gets at a regular grocery store. True, it's more like Trader Joes. My point with TJ and WF is they just have one store for all of SJ and probably don't make a significant amount of sales, relative to the sales of traditional stores.

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Old 03-12-2012, 01:56 PM
 
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Like I said, it was just my perception and I gather I'm not alone in that from what I hear other people saying IRL. I also said it was most likely very inaccurate. I don't have one near me, but haven't really felt the need to seek out something cheaper since we do pretty well shopping the sales and using our BJ's membership. I have jokingly heard people refer to Aldi in the past as one of the four horsemen of the "ghetto apocalypse". Basically if your town contains one each of the following, you are in the ghetto...

1. Family Dollar
2. Aldi and/or Wal*Mart
3. Crown Fried Chicken
4. Cash for Gold
I went to the Maple Shade Aldi for years. Were you aware that a division of Aldi is majority owner of Trader Joe's? I refer to Trader Joe's as Upscale Aldi.

ETA: I think of Save-A-Lot as being much more ghetto than Aldi.

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Old 03-12-2012, 03:01 PM
 
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Cash For Gold has appeared in shopping centers in Cherry Hill and Marlton. Granted, Crown Fried Chicken isn't in town.
See how close they are to the tipping point, lol.

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I went to the Maple Shade Aldi for years. Were you aware that a division of Aldi is majority owner of Trader Joe's? I refer to Trader Joe's as Upscale Aldi.

ETA: I think of Save-A-Lot as being much more ghetto than Aldi.
I knew they were tied up with Trader Joe's, I was just passing on my own admittedly biased and slanted opinion of it. I have one coworker who shops their religiously and folks always give her the same wrinkled nose "ewwww" expression. I honestly do very little of the household grocery shopping, however, I do know that my wife has put a littel bit of effort into actually planning the shopping trips around sales and using coupons. FWIW, I think you can buy the same kind of stuff you can at Aldi for the same or less at a traditional supermarket if you shop smart.

I really don't have anything else to add and the 'ghetto' thing really was just a joke, feel free to throw in whatever four "stigma'd" businesses you'd like, lol.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:33 PM
 
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The Mt.Laurel store is close - closer than I originally thought to Cinnaminson, but on a different road. Also, 6 miles is about the distance from the Mt. Laurel Wegmans to Marlton. Typically I consider if it's in the same zip code, or off the same major road where in adjacency to be directly competing, but maybe that's too narrow.

I consider Aldi a market but not a supermarket, but it's just my opinion I suppose. They seemed very understaffed compared to a typical grocery store and don't have features like express lanes, and I think they sell more of their house product than stock anywhere near the variety of items one gets at a regular grocery store. True, it's more like Trader Joes. My point with TJ and WF is they just have one store for all of SJ and probably don't make a significant amount of sales, relative to the sales of traditional stores.
What does it matter what road it's on if it's still close? I had just google mapped both Wegmans and put in "Cinnaminson" as the starting point and I think one was 15 minutes and the other was 16.

So do you consider Bottom Dollar a supermarket? It isn't much different than Aldi.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:46 AM
 
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People are free to wrinkle their nose all they want. I get fresher, better products at Aldi for about half the price they are paying at Wegmans. I don't need to walk around a gigantic warehouse-size supermarket. Everything is neatly organized in a small square footage.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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Aldi has higher quality products and better quality control than most supermarkets. If something is close to expiring, they put it on a discount rack and they pull it off the shelves as soon as it is expired. Their store brands are almost all equal or superior to the national brands. They do not carry national brands unless it's a special buy item. That is the whole point of Aldi - you save because the products are private label. You are not paying for national advertising campaigns and shelf space fees. Aldi also carries gourmet items. I get delicious creamy havarti cheeses, hummus, king crab legs, marzipan stollen, delicious German riesling and ice wine (at non-NJ locations that sell alcohol), wonderful ready-to-bake pizzas, and great fresh produce even cheaper than Produce Junction.

I don't consider Aldi a "discount" store. I consider it a store that sells superior products that are often cheaper than the supermarkets.
Yeah whenever I have a big shopping to do I go to Aldi's. Dirt cheap stuff in comparison to the large chain stores.

I do not even know what other supermarkets there are down south. We were visiting some friends last year who bought a house in Virginia Beach, and all the way down Rt 13 Food Lion was the only store we saw. Dozens of them along the way, but that was really it.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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Yeah whenever I have a big shopping to do I go to Aldi's. Dirt cheap stuff in comparison to the large chain stores.

I do not even know what other supermarkets there are down south. We were visiting some friends last year who bought a house in Virginia Beach, and all the way down Rt 13 Food Lion was the only store we saw. Dozens of them along the way, but that was really it.
Harris Teeter is for people who have money to burn.
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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been to bottom dollar a few times and we are still happy with the place.. Their brand orange juice stinks but other then that its a wonderful place. We got $40 worth of groceries the other day for $20 with a coupon too.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:06 PM
 
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been to bottom dollar a few times and we are still happy with the place.. Their brand orange juice stinks but other then that its a wonderful place. We got $40 worth of groceries the other day for $20 with a coupon too.
Definitely check out Aldi, frank. I've seen them putting out stuff over the years. Some of the fresh pork comes from Smithfield. The fresh chicken is Tyson. (I prefer Perdue so wait for someone to have a sale on that.) A lot of stuff is name brand, or high quality store brand.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:23 AM
 
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My mother, who can be snobbish and tends to shop at higher-end stores, is now an Aldi convert. She actually does most of her major shopping there. She has a Costco membership and barely goes there anymore. She also lives in an area with LOTS of supermarket competition... they have Giant, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Safeway, Shopper's Food Warehouse, Bottom Dollar, Wegmans, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Several Local supermarkets, and several Asian supermarkets all within a ten or fifteen minute drive.
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