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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.

Debbi Hager Spiegel November 29, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Very exciting!
J S November 30, 2011 at 01:50 PM
I think that it is funny that the Circuit City replaced an old supermarket (Pathmark) only to BE replaced by this new supermarket years later.....
Mom of 2 November 30, 2011 at 04:24 PM
not taking credit cards???? good luck with that Aldi's
Candyee November 30, 2011 at 08:42 PM
Yes II There was a Pathmark there for yrs!! Lets see, Waldbaums, Whole Foods, Trader Joes all within a few blocks of each a other! A FOODIE"S dream !!..And lets not forget Costco not far ... Aldi's all their brand name ... Of course , it will be busy in the beginning ... I am curious to see what all the hype is , so , of course, I will "check it out" ....
Kevin December 01, 2011 at 03:06 PM
I'm not sure there is a need for another supermarket, but it is better then a huge vacant space. I would think not accepting credit cards is a mistake, but I guess Aldi doesn't see it that way. I also remember when Price Club, now Costco, charged a quarter to get a cart. That didn't last.
Candyee December 01, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Yes it is better then a vacant place . Whole Foods never has many people in it . but I believe this place will do better.Alot cheaper . Stop and shop also charged a quarter when they first opened . I also agree not taking credit cards is a mistake. Too many supermarkets around . These companies must think all we eat ..lol
Candyee December 01, 2011 at 04:14 PM
opps missed a word ...Must think all we DO is eat .
Joel Blitzer December 01, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Aldi is owned by the same parent as Trader Joe's. Aldi is the eighth largest retailer in the world.
Candyee December 01, 2011 at 08:01 PM
I was not aware of that info. The reason why they moved Trader Joe's out of that shopping center .
John Blatny December 04, 2011 at 12:13 PM
This sounds like one of the dumbest local marketing decisions ever. I use my American Express Cash Back card (from Costco) for virtually all my shopping. That annual check is nice. So now I'm going have to bring cash or my check book in order to shop at THIS store? I don't think so, unless they start giving things away. I wonder who the genius was who thought the area was ripe for another upscale food market with Trader Joe's, Waldbaums, Stop n Shop, Whole Foods, Costco, BJ's already rubbing shoulders. I have a feeling the idiot is going to be filing for unemployment benefits in the not too distant future.
Christine Petrone December 04, 2011 at 12:57 PM
Using your own shopping bags is a way of life in Europe and should be here, and I bet they will be taking Debit cards. I agree that the .25c shopping cart charge won't last long.
One Opinion December 04, 2011 at 03:31 PM
I would love to see a Wegmans or a Fairway move into Smithtown.
Candyee December 04, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Over saturated .. Us Long Islanders , are considered "rich" by outsiders. So , of course, go the LI ! They have the bucks to buy what they want .
Alex December 06, 2011 at 03:58 AM
There are so many things wrong with Aldi. No credit cards, coin operated shopping carts, no bags, stupid checkout practice. The only good thing here is that the quality seems to be decent for the price. Otherwise the stores are terribly disorganized since they don't bother to assign aisles to certain products, and don't even use shelves. I think they use these things to make people think that they are saving more than they actually are. Waldbaums, Pathmark and even Stop & Shop have good deals and MUCH nicer stores. Just make sure that you buy the sale products rather than the regularly priced ones.
Candyee 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.
Candyee 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...
Candyee May 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Sorry for any errors.. Speaking into my I phone..
Candyee May 15, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Stop & Shop charged a quarter when it first opened in area .

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