Aldi USA discount supermarket file photo by Bidgee.
Rutland Rutland residents had the moment they had been waiting for on Aug. 15 after the anticipated German-owned discount grocery chain, Aldi USA, finally opened its doors.
Over 50 individuals gathered at the building, located at 263 South Main St., eagerly waiting to see what the store had to offer.
City and town officials were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony, including Mayor Christopher Louras.
“I’m not going to give a speech,” he said. “I just want you guys inside this building shopping.”
Currently, the store has roughly 16 full-time employees, as a well as a couple who work part-time. The international chain carries “1,400 items” in an “average” store, but uses private label items to keep the products low in price without sacrificing the quality. Shoppers can expect to find meat, fish, produce, as well as spirits.
Aldi’s operates 1,200 stores in 32 different states. The Rutland location is the second for Vermont; the Bennington store opened several years ago.
The chain has a different customer experience than their local competitors Price Chopper, Hannaford, Tops (formerly Grand Union), and Shaw’s.
Aldi customers are encouraged to bring their own shopping bags and they pay a refundable 25 cent charge to use a shopping cart. Payment methods are also different. Aldi’s accepts checks, cash, debit and Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT). The store does not accept credit cards.
Aldi’s offers a no-hassle shopping method and looks more like a warehouse than a typical grocery store. Cut boxes of cans line the floor and varieties of cereal, baking goods, and other items are stacked neatly down each aisle.
The store is open from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m to 7 p.m. on Sunday.