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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 10:05 am | Updated: 12:46 pm, Wed Aug 10, 2011.

The ALDI Food Market in Harrison held their ribbon cutting this morning and is now open to the public.

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  • lightYears posted at 12:28 pm on Sun, Jul 21, 2013.

    lightYears Posts: 978

    To those that tried out the new store today.. Did Aldi open another location, because the one I pass on the way to wal-mart has been open for at least a year. Advertising for Cashiers $ 10.oo + per hour.

    It's been a long time since I have witnessed such an outpouring of comments, though many are multiple posts / rob 8 / . Makes me wonder if any are employees of competitors
    or Aldies for that matter. Almost 40 posts for the ribbon cutting of a grocery store and A million gallons of water goes missing, hardly rates a comment. Hmmm.

  • Rob posted at 2:14 pm on Mon, Aug 15, 2011.

    Rob Posts: 1448

    kj, the question was, just WHO made a negative comment.
    You never answered the question, but instead, went on whining about not being able to voice an opinion without it being contested.
    THAT, by definition, is obfuscating.
    And to answer your question of, "What does any of this have to do with politics?", that's EXACTLY what slick politicians do when they don't want to directly answer a question. Ergo, ' you'd make a great politician.'

  • kj posted at 9:37 am on Mon, Aug 15, 2011.

    kj Posts: 5

    Rob, you said, "Nice obfuscation there, though, on ignoring the question. You have the makings of a great politician." What exactly did you think I was trying to cover up or hide? And what was the question? I answered the only one you asked me, though obviously not to your satisfaction. And what does any of this have to do with politics? Am I being obtuse?

    On a completely different note: the new Aldi is great and I am enjoying having someplace else to shop in town. It's nice to see so many people there. And I think their meat is fine. I, for one, cannot afford to drive all the way to Harter House although their meats are excellent.

  • splashy posted at 1:30 am on Mon, Aug 15, 2011.

    splashy Posts: 545

    Since we already use our own bags everywhere, or just put items into the cart and wheel them out, or carry them, the bag issue isn't a problem for us.

  • gobs1994 posted at 1:13 am on Mon, Aug 15, 2011.

    gobs1994 Posts: 18

    When a new store opens there is going to be more interest, so naturaly it will be more crowded that normal. Give it time and I think you all will be pleased.

  • Melissa81 posted at 6:48 am on Sun, Aug 14, 2011.

    Melissa81 Posts: 816

    EXACTLY Rob! LOL :)

  • Rob posted at 12:58 pm on Sat, Aug 13, 2011.

    Rob Posts: 1448

    @ Melissa, I didn't even take your comment as being negative. More as simply an observation. (About the only negative comments on here are those complaining about the negative comments. lol.)

  • Melissa81 posted at 11:16 am on Sat, Aug 13, 2011.

    Melissa81 Posts: 816

    Good freakin' grief, make one comment about how I thought the parking lot was small and here come people griping about how negative people are. Wow. And just like Rob pointed out, I didn't see that many negative comments either.

    Sorry for stating the obvious, but when a store just opens and people are blocking the entire right hand lane of the highway to get in because there isn't a place in sight to park, then yes, the parking lot is too small.

  • Rob posted at 5:52 am on Sat, Aug 13, 2011.

    Rob Posts: 1448

    @ kj, of course your're entitled to your opinion. And everyone else is entitled to respond in kind.
    Nice obfuscation there, though, on ignoring the question. You have the makings of a great politician.

  • gobs1994 posted at 11:45 pm on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    gobs1994 Posts: 18

    To: Local Citizen
    They do not tout that they have the world in the store. They carry products that are most popular. They have a private lable and sometimes they will have name brands. I suggest you go to the Aldi website and read on what their business philosophy is.
    Maybe you only buy name brand.
    I don't think I have ever heard of an Aldi closing its doors like many other grocery stores have. You can't get everything there, but you can get the basics. Besides when you get a good coupon (which Aldi doesn't accept) in the paper, Walmart suddenly seems to not have that product on the shelf.

  • scooter_cone posted at 8:49 pm on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    scooter_cone Posts: 397

    Great to have the new business and competition here. Growth in these economic times is great to have.

  • local citizen posted at 7:49 pm on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    local citizen Posts: 374

    I waited for the crowds to subside and tried the new store today, that will be my last trip there. Was astounded at how small it was and I didnt see anything to write home to mom about. just my opinion. And no i dont work for walmart-i detest walmart but it appears its still the only game in town.

  • cambriagurlmom posted at 3:15 pm on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    cambriagurlmom Posts: 3

    I'm glad there are not that many negative comments. The rule to thumb for Aldi's is to make sure you are price shopping. Yes, you can find GREAT deals at Aldi's but somethings are more expensive than regular stores and wal-mart. Aldi's passes the savings to the consumer for what they do have that is Dirt Cheap by not having a bags for free, and the carts. It's a waste and not green to have all of thoes plastic bags filling up our landfills. I was able to buy a weeks worth of food this last Wendsday for my family of 6 with some little junk foods for them, for a total of $79. If you know what you are buying and are able to shop price this is the greatest store EVER.

  • kj posted at 1:09 pm on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    kj Posts: 5

    OK, since you asked so nicely...Ponylady and you. And you're both entitled to your own opinions. I apologize for obviously offending you by making a comment you didn't agree with. I thought this was a place where I could make a comment, ask a question or have a discussion with grown-ups. I didn't realize I couldn't have an opinion that differed from yours and since it seems yours is the only one you think matters I'm done.

  • Rob posted at 11:03 am on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    Rob Posts: 1448

    Name me ONE person who criticized ALDI's. Just one.
    But if negative comments is what you're searching and hoping for, FINE, I'll give you one.
    Folks, I'm DARN PROUD OF THE LOT OF YOU for giving the general public information about ALDI's - such as keeping an eye out for those great coupons, being sure to have a quarter on hand for the cart rental, (I don't often carry change, so that wa a great tip), and BOYB. (oops, did that come out wrong? lol). You did a FAR better job than:
    "The ALDI Food Market in Harrison held their ribbon cutting this morning and is now open to the public."
    And I, for one, appreciate it!
    @ abigail'smana & kj, ya happy now?

  • ladyback posted at 10:54 am on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    ladyback Posts: 561

    rob, maybe you didn't count the one that you just posted.

  • Rob posted at 10:48 am on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    Rob Posts: 1448

    I went through, and counted. The only two purely negative comments were out of 2 people who HAD to be looking for them.
    11 - Absolutely positive comments.
    6 - non-committal; as in either asking a question, or answering one
    2 - one of which was only semi-negative; the other worried about bugs.

    Hmm. That only adds up to 21. My apologies for having left someone out. Bet it was a possitive note, though.

  • kj posted at 9:49 am on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    kj Posts: 5

    Thank you abigailsnana. You and I seem to be on the same page. I obviously worded my comments incorrectly to get my point across about being neighborly to a new business in town. I thought it would be more polite to generalize and not name names of the few I thought could have been a bit more charitable in their comments, Rob. I agree there were more positive comments than negative. My MAIN point was that people should at least go there and check it out before they started criticizing and complaining. What happened to that Southern Hospitality we're so famous for?

  • abigailsnana posted at 11:43 pm on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    abigailsnana Posts: 20

    oh my oh my people you are never satisfied ,,,, if you want harrison to grow and prosper with new jobs you better welcome anything with open arms instead of complaining....the bags are not a issue at all why do you think walmart and every other place are selling there green bags ,to save theirs and eventually not have them at all...that is the reason for aldis being cheaper they have less overhead with you bagging your own groceries and bringing your own bags no problem at all i for one am glad to see them here and it just adds to the choices that we have

  • gobs1994 posted at 10:29 pm on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    gobs1994 Posts: 18

    The parking lot issue is mute. It looks to me that this lot is about the same size as the ones I have visited in Sgf and Fayetteville. If you want to complain about bagging your own grocerys, then "rent" a cart for the 25 cents and take your cart to the counter and take your time bagging them. They also have boxes avialable. Just pick up one of them in the front or as you are shopping look for one that is almost empty on the shelves, empty that box and place them on the others. When you unload your products on the belt put the box in the basket and the cashier will pack them into there. The produce is wonderful, limmited assortment but very fresh. I bet Walmart can't beat 99 cent pints of blueberrys, when they have them in which should be pretty soon.

  • Rob posted at 5:19 pm on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    Rob Posts: 1448

    @ kj, the possitive comments about ALDI's FAR out-weighed anything negative; and I wouldn't even consider wishing the parking lot be bigger as a negative. Shows they hope for BIGGER things to happen for this store.
    How YOU could concentrate, and FIND only negative in all these POSSITIVE comments, only tells on you.

  • kj posted at 4:14 pm on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    kj Posts: 5

    Unbelievable. People, we have a new neighbor in town and a new place to shop and all you can do is complain about the size of the parking lot or having to take your own bags in. Let's be a little considerate and a little neighborly and give this place a chance before you start criticizing and nit-picking everything to death. And the only way there would be bugs on used bags is if YOU bring them as every one brings their own (bags, not bugs). Come on people; a little common sense...

  • wink posted at 3:28 pm on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    wink Posts: 152

    @Rob I agree we go every other week to Harter House I don't purchase meat anywhere but there. Hudsons use to be the best place for meat here in town but that nose dived over night a couple of years ago. And Country Mart I walked in there about a month or so ago that place has really gotten nasty dirty in the last year dont go in there with out your shots being updated. And Walmart do not even want to get started on that subject. I like Aldi's frozen stuff and canned goods.

  • Rob posted at 3:12 pm on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    Rob Posts: 1448

    I don't purchase meat from anywhere but Harter House. Period.
    Wal-Mart's is prepackaged and shipped in, and Eward's is the last place I'd buy my meat.

  • Happy Face posted at 12:24 pm on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    Happy Face Posts: 93

    Edwards Grocery Store has a butcher. The butcher even split a family pack to the quanity I wanted. I appreciated that.

    It was fun going through the new grocery store, Aldi, but I think that Edwards and Hudsons and ocassionally Country Mart will still be my main stores,

  • sar posted at 12:18 pm on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    sar Posts: 44

    what about bugs being carried in on the used bags?[whistling]

  • 798wife posted at 11:13 am on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    798wife Posts: 34

    pre packaged and shipped in? I've not seen a butcher /slaughter area behind any of the local grocery stores. They may get a piece of hanging meat, but that is still SHIPPED IN...and what do you think TYSON chicken is? I've shopped at Aldi's and
    it is like any other store. depends on what you want, and as far as price, there are days when i am willing to pay a little more, to AVOID walmart..

  • sar posted at 9:48 am on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    sar Posts: 44

    ive heard thiermeats are pre pacaged and shipped in??????? i have to have help with my groceries so not sure its a savings for me........pain of arthritis is exspensive........[sad]

  • Rob posted at 8:40 am on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    Rob Posts: 1448

    Thanks, ladies, for the tips on cart rental & bring your own bags. (Though I imagine that's more to do w/ keeping costs down than 'tree hugging.') We were sent $5 & $10 coupons in promo flyers which I plan to use, like Gramma, when the new wears off a little.

  • Melissa81 posted at 7:42 am on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    Melissa81 Posts: 816

    Their parking lot is really small from what I could tell. I wish they would have made it a little bit bigger. And from what I have been hearing, people have been finding really good deals there. As someone said, not everything is cheaper, but the majority of it is. And yes, you have to bag your own groceries and bring your own bags to cut back on paper waste. Big deal, who cares?

  • OzarkMark posted at 10:41 pm on Wed, Aug 10, 2011.

    OzarkMark Posts: 3

    I've shopped at ALDI for 20+ years. They are similar to Save-a-lot. Lots of boxed and canned goods but be careful as some are *imported* from foreign countries. I used to get a loaf of white bread there for a dime back in the late 80's. My mother loved the canned asparagus for 39¢. Also don't forget to have a quarter to rent your shopping cart and take your own bags/boxes. Otherwise you have to buy your bags at checkout.

  • gramma posted at 6:22 pm on Wed, Aug 10, 2011.

    gramma Posts: 78

    Make sure and get the Wednesday paper edition of HDT as there were 3 - $5 off coupons when you buy $30 of groceries. Check out their prices which are lower in a lot of cases and save an extra $5. I plan on checking them out after the new wears off a bit. The coupons are good thru August 20th.

  • PonyLady posted at 5:35 pm on Wed, Aug 10, 2011.

    PonyLady Posts: 6

    Thier prices are not that competetive (look on line). Be prepared to sack and carry your own groceries and bring something to put them in or you will pay for grocery bags.

  • Rakas posted at 2:50 pm on Wed, Aug 10, 2011.

    Rakas Posts: 35

    First Prairie Market and now Aldi's...I love having new shopping choices and hopefully competitive prices. I do agree with Americanalltheway and their comment about Wal-Mart's poor quality when it comes to produce!

  • wink posted at 12:20 pm on Wed, Aug 10, 2011.

    wink Posts: 152

    You can't beat there frozen dept. or canned goods. This will save a trip to Fayetteville every time. This will cut back on Wal-Mart for everyone that saves at Aldi's.

  • Americanalltheway posted at 11:32 am on Wed, Aug 10, 2011.

    Americanalltheway Posts: 52

    @ splashy: I'm not sure if they have organics, but I can assure you, they will have better produce than Wal-Mart. Or at least at a more affordable price. Going to give good 'ole Wal-mart a run for their money!!

  • splashy posted at 10:50 am on Wed, Aug 10, 2011.

    splashy Posts: 545

    I've never been to an Aldi's food market. What kind of store is it? Does it have organics, or what?

  • onlyharrison posted at 10:43 am on Wed, Aug 10, 2011.

    onlyharrison Posts: 13

    Sooooooooooooooooo Long Walmart...lol

  • natash posted at 10:18 am on Wed, Aug 10, 2011.

    natash Posts: 3

    YAY...this is so cool for Harrison ![smile]

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