|At the new Aldi Food Market, which opened today near Sears in Hackensack, seated cashiers scan your items and return them to your cart, above.|
|That means customers must bag their own groceries at a counter facing Main Street. If you don't bring your own, Aldi will sell you bags for 10 cents each.|
|Aldi is far from the biggest market around.|
And as a veteran shopper at Costco, ShopRite, H Mart, Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe's, I didn't see any real bargains.
Some of the other private labels at Aldi are Carlini 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil (from Spain and Tunisia), Simply Nature Organic Eggs (50 cents more a dozen than at Costco); Barissimo Coffee, Nature's Nectar Juice, Priano Tortellini. Pueblo Lindo Tortillas and Happy Harvest
Leaf Spinach (in cans).
All of those items carry a double guarantee, according to Aldi: The store will replace the item and give you a refund.
I asked one woman whether she liked bagging her own groceries, and she said was used to it from the years she shopped at Aldi when she lived in Chicago.
The prices are low, she said, "because you do all the work."
|When I visited the store this afternoon, the men's room was out of order.|