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On 3 Jan 2012 at 11:10pm Paul Kersey wrote:
I would like to say that I have been into Aldi a couple of times in the last few days. I would like to congratulate them on a clean and pleasant store, and very helpful and polite staff.
On 3 Jan 2012 at 11:35pm Extra wrote:
And they sell the wonderful Banks' beer!
On 3 Jan 2012 at 11:38pm Southover Queen wrote:
I think it's excellent - and the cat (who is very fussy indeed) really likes their cat food. I am delighted never to have to darken the doors of Tescos ever again.
On 3 Jan 2012 at 11:54pm Deelite wrote:
Good for chocolate and alcohol but did not seem a lot of use for much else. Can't see how it could replace Tescos. It just doesn't have the range of stock.
On 3 Jan 2012 at 11:58pm Paul Kersey wrote:
Tinned food, Frozen food, fresh fruit and veg, fresh and cooked meats, fresh dairy products, a wide range of non food products.
Slightly more than chocolate and alcohol.
On 4 Jan 2012 at 12:19am Deelite wrote:
Ok, but nothing like the extensive range Tescos has. Very limited in comparison.
On 4 Jan 2012 at 12:43am Happy Shopper. wrote:
It doesn't have the extensive range that Tescos has for sure...But it does have less queueing,and trolleys that go in a straight line.
I like it. It kinda fills the large hole that Woolworths left.
And my grandson still legs it in Aldi but it is easier to find him....
On 4 Jan 2012 at 8:33am DFL wrote:
Chacun a son gout.
On 4 Jan 2012 at 9:13am Me-mo wrote:
I get my popadoms from Aldi
On 4 Jan 2012 at 10:10am MMe B wrote:
I,too, would like to congratulate Aldi. Shopping at Lidl in the past helped me through lean times, and I am delighted we now have an Aldi. It is certainly good for much more than chocolates and alcohol, though I do endorse the recommendation someone made a few weeks ago about their Rioja. Thanks for the tip, whoever it was.
On 4 Jan 2012 at 11:26am stevied wrote:
...their cold meats are spot on too - a better range than Tescos if you like German pork products!
On 4 Jan 2012 at 11:29am bongo wrote:
Well, I found some of their stuff a bit expensive in comparison to Tesco, once you work out weight/volume & price. I do like rummaging through their tat aisle, and often buy some of their food that I do feel is good value, but I still get my main shopping from Tesco.
On 4 Jan 2012 at 12:04pm Ratty wrote:
The central aisle is fantastic. Random items bundled next to each other. Jump leads, pyjamas, gritting salt, kids toys, road atlases, air fresheners, star wars fancy dress costumes, beer.
On 4 Jan 2012 at 12:29pm Clifford wrote:
Tesco, 8.10 this morning. No proper check-out open, just one 10 items only and a couple of self-service. That's the way to keep the unemployment numbers rising. Next thing Tesco will be asking us to fill the shelves ourselves.
On 4 Jan 2012 at 2:09pm Southover Queen wrote:
I've found their fruit and veg to be fantastic value - mangoes 60 or 70p each, potatoes much cheaper, shallots 49p a bag (you'd pay getting on for £2 in Waitrose for those). Cured meats are excellent - bresaola no less for 99p a couple of days ago - and cured fish too. Free range chicken for a fiver (getting on for double that in Waitrose). Cleaning products are good too.
I find that I tend to buy the basics in Aldi and then get the stuff they don't offer in Waitrose, but then I do cook most things from scratch rather than buying ready meals etc so I'm sure that makes a difference. I reckon that my grocery bills are reduced by about a third, and since I get through a lot in a week that's a considerable saving.
(I really dislike Tescos so was only a very occasional emergency visitor before)
On 4 Jan 2012 at 3:11pm Twister wrote:
Tesco is full of riff-raff clogging up the aisles with their overfed, overweight screaming progeny.......
On 4 Jan 2012 at 3:30pm Old Cynic wrote:
I'm with you SQ! Aldi's washing tablets and washing up liquid won a Good Housekeeping award
On 4 Jan 2012 at 7:10pm Wasser wrote:
What makes a pleasant change shopping at Aldi is not having to listen to the hard done by check out staff moaning that they haven't had a break for an hour! So bloody annoying, don't work there if you don't like it! And as for the miserable cows in the petrol station, they all look like they're sucking on lemons! Aldi staff are so much welcoming and helpful!
On 4 Jan 2012 at 7:11pm Wasser wrote:
Tesco's sorry left that important piece of information out!
On 4 Jan 2012 at 8:20pm Soamesy wrote:
you won't find the Soames family supporting a German outlet .
On 4 Jan 2012 at 11:51pm queequeg wrote:
Am I right in thinking Aldi do not take credit cards or was this just a glitch in their opening week?
On 4 Jan 2012 at 11:54pm Southover Queen wrote:
You're right, they don't. They do take debit cards though, so you can pay with plastic as normal.
On 5 Jan 2012 at 8:31am Shopper wrote:
The best supermarket I have ever used is the Waitrose in Abergavenny. It is the only big supermarket in the area but they don't take advantage of their monopoly. Wide spacious aisles, clean, well stocked with local produce and helpful engaged staff. Contrast that with Tesco in Lewes.
On 5 Jan 2012 at 11:08am observer wrote:
Thanks for that Shopper. Have to give it a go.
On 5 Jan 2012 at 2:52pm Paul Kersey wrote:
Tesco in Lewes is the filthiest supermarket I have ever been in, I always feel grubby after being there. The staff are ignorant and scruffy and are not interested in the customer at all. There always seems to be a multitude of staff at the checkouts running around doing a lot of nothing when if they took a step back and thought "I could get on a till" the problem of customers waiting would be solved.
It is a shame they do not visit Aldi and Waitrose (of which I am not a fan) and look at the contrast in customer service they offer.
On 5 Jan 2012 at 11:45pm the old mayor wrote:
Did you see in the local rag some woman got a parking ticket in Aldi's car park. She said there were no signs (There are now) There were no signs that they dont take Credit Cards either (But then again - there were no signs that the do !!) We dont like the fact you have to re load your trolley and take it to the re-loading bay !! What utter rubbish !!!
On 6 Jan 2012 at 11:24am Southover Queen wrote:
"We dont like the fact you have to re load your trolley and take it to the re-loading bay"

I didn't like that either - it's the same at Lidl and is presumably to do with speeding things up at the check-out. I solved it by acquiring a large straw shopping basket into which you can chuck everything as it comes off the belt. It works fine as long as you load the heavy stuff at the front so that it goes to the bottom...!
On 6 Jan 2012 at 3:49pm Shopper wrote:
Shopping on their terms eh? Do they take note of customer feedback?
On 6 Jan 2012 at 9:10pm Lopster wrote:
wonder if the Soames family use Boots...
On 9 Jan 2012 at 3:22pm Cliffite wrote:
Pros: cheap, selection of items is enough, quieter than Tesco, nice staff
Cons: no German Nurnberger sausages that Lidl have, the weird check-out packing policy
I'm pretty sure all Tesco staff are trained specifically to ignore the customer & talk to the member of staff next to them instead, happens in every store I've ever been in.
Seems a shame that Waitrose are picking up some Tesco cast-offs with newer staff showing similar traits of late

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