Aldi Grocery Store to Take Over Former Circuit City Spot

Discount grocery store chain has plans to opens a second location on Long Island.

A German-based grocery chain is renovating the former Circuit City shopping center in Lake Grove. 

Aldi, a discount supermarket originally started in Germany, is currently gutting the Circuit City location on Alexander Avenue. The market plans to open for business by the summer of 2012, according to spokeswoman Amy Nadler. An exact date has not yet been determined. 

Aldi will take over  19,000 square feet of the shopping center, or approximately half of the former 37,000-square-foot Circuit City footprint, according to Long Island Business News. LIBN also reported real estate agent Jeremy Isaacs of Ripco Real Estate is in talks with other national retailers to fill the other 18,000 square feet.  

The new storefront would join Bay Shore as the second Aldi market on Long Island.

Aldi, short for Albrecht Discount, was started in Germany in 1913, expanding to open its first store in the United States in southeastern Iowa in 1976. The chain now has more than 1,000 stores in 31 different states and is rapidly expanding, having opened 25 storefronts since September. 

Aldi is owned by the same parent as Trader Joe's, a similarly modeled market known for private-label brands and low prices.

According to a New York Times article written last spring, the grocer has inched ahead of the competition particularly in urban areas, as better-known retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target have often come up against fierce opposition.

For customers at Aldi, however, “There is a little bit of an education that comes along with shopping the store,” an Aldi regional director is quoted as saying.

According to the company's website, about 95 percent of the stores' inventories "are sold under exclusive Aldi select brands." The obscure labels allow for lower prices.

Other practices unfamiliar to many customers include charging a quarter deposit to rent a cart – so they're not left in the middle of the parking lot and retrieved by paid employees – and unabashedly charging for shopping bags. The stores also do not accept credit cards.

The article notes that as of 2009 – the most recent figures available – Aldi was the world's eighth largest retailer, behind Costco and ahead of Home Depot and Target.

Isaacs told LIBN that the food store giant has plans to build 12 new storefronts in Nassau and Suffolk County within the next few years.

Candace December 06, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Thanks for the info, Alex. I am a couponer for many yrs . When I had young children it was a blessing, Especially when supermarkets were offering triple coupons. Still use them even though it is only 2 of us.Must have the extra treats for the grandkids ..
Kathy January 31, 2012 at 12:22 AM
As an avid Aldi shopper for 20 years I feel compelled to throw my 2 cents in. Firstly the 25 cents for a shopping cart is a FANTASTIC idea! I never have to worry about not being able to pull into a parking space because some lazy goof didn't want to take their cart to an appropriate place. It doesn't COST you a quarter to RENT a cart! You put a quarter in, do your shopping, take the cart back and get your quarter back. A chained "key" on each cart plugs into the one behind it and pushes your quarter back out. Save money? My husband loves Nutty Bars, 99 cents as opposed to at least $2.99 in most stores! $1.49 for tortilla chips that are every bit as good as others such as Doritoes! As you shop you look around, see an empty box? Grab it! Check out and place all your purchases in the box if you don't want to use your canvass bags. They take debit cards as well as food stamp cards. They don't have to pay the credit card companies the extra dough and pass the savings along. A $75-$80 shopping trip is cut to $50 for me and I absolutely don't mind sticking a quarter in a cart, using a box to bag my own purchases, or use a debit card to save that kind of scratch for a trip to the store. Maybe LI folks do have to much money if they can't be bothered by these cost saving ideas Aldi has been using for years. Illinois and Virginia are 2 places I've lived that love Aldi. You see Mr AMEX, I don't have to wait for my Cash back,. I keep it in my pocket by going to ALDI.
Candace May 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Try clipping coupons and printing them out from your computer they workvery well !!it really does not matter what store I go to as long as this market doubles coupons King Kullen will double up to the dollar !!it's a great savings and am that's how I save..Costco does not take coupons but BJ's! does self best way I find to get the best bargains...
Candace May 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Sorry for any errors.. Speaking into my I phone..
Candace May 15, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Stop & Shop charged a quarter when it first opened in area .


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