ALDI Food Markets in NJ and PA
We’ve talked about supermarkets near and around NJ Route 22 here quite a bit in our first month. And no conversation about our food options out here would be complete if we did not include ALDI Food Market.
They have a fairly large NJ footprint, mainly in more dense urban areas to the east and south.
Up until recently – ALDI has had a minimal presence along the main Route 22 corridor. One over in Union, NJ another in S. Plainfield, and the one we first discovered over in Easton, PA. None directly on Rt. 22 (yet).
But they’re expanding quick. One just opened in Flemington, NJ recently (technically Raritan, but who’s splitting hairs), and one will be opening up soon in Phillipsburg, NJ (technically Pohatcong) later this spring.
We published two posts for the ALDI of Flemington and ALDI of Phillipsburg locations on this site today in an attempt to keep our links in order. We’ll create posts for the other locations as we get to them. So the initial list of ALDI Food Markets for the purpose of this publication is as follows:
Why we love ALDI
So you know, we have our own personal supermarket allegiances broken down by strengths, affordability, and convenience. Or in other words, there is a time and a place for each to earn our business. Your preferences will obviously differ from our line of thought!
There are times where we just need to pick up a couple things, and we usually pick the most convenient to our current itinerary or location.
Then, other times, we have specific requirements at home and build a shopping list. And depending on what that list consists of (i.e., organic or not), will dictate where we take our business. The use of trip-combining also plays a minor role (what other errands can be done in that area).
And many times, as well as for the research that we do for this site, we LOVE to explore anything and everything out there. We’ll travel to distant places to enrich our knowledge. The list is so long! Who has the energy?
Without a doubt, ALDI saves us the most money, without the need for coupons or membership cards. And we have a core group of things we always pick up there. Like cream, cheeses, coffee, and many others. If our diet was on the junky side, we’d have a field day in there with their snacks. But thankfully, it is not.
We enjoy the simplicity of ALDI. And their house-brand of products (a majority of them at least) meet or exceed popular name-brand items (tip: most of that stuff is made by the same companies – even Girl Scout Cookies!)
Even if the quality isn’t 100%, the low prices more than make-up for that short-coming most of the time.
The ALDI Finds are also enticing from time to time. We got a great slow-cooker for under $20 bucks. (Meanwhile, we have a $200 top of the line Cuisinart slow-cooker sitting in storage because the non-stick coating peeled off…)
They’re so much different than the usual supermarkets, it’s refreshing. We like their business mindset as well. Glad they’re successful and giving residents in NJ and PA some alternative options to keep other businesses on their toes as well.
Below is from their corporate website.
For nearly 40 years, ALDI US has stuck to the same guiding principle: Great quality shouldn’t come at a high price; rather, great quality should come with everyday low prices.
Founded by the Albrecht family, the first ALDI store opened in 1961 in Germany, making ALDI the first discounter in the world. Headquartered in Batavia, Illinois, ALDI now has more than 1,600 stores across 35 states, employs over 25,000 people and has been steadily growing since opening its first US store in Iowa in 1976.
And with more demand comes more stores. Over the past decade, we’ve nearly doubled in size and by 2018, ALDI will bring its total number of US stores to nearly 2,000.
The no-frills grocery shopping experience focuses on customers first – delivering high-quality food they’re proud to serve their family, responsive customer service, every day low prices and a quick-and-easy shopping experience with only four to five aisles and all the essentials. We carry the weekly must-haves and display them in their designed shipping boxes to help save time and resources to restock shelves. Shoppers will find more than 90 percent of the groceries we offer are under our ALDI exclusive brands, hand-selected by ALDI to ensure that our products meet or exceed the national brands on taste, quality and, of course, price. That means you don’t have to worry about which ketchup brand or Greek yogurt brand is best because we’ve specially curated the best product for you and your family. We can’t promise you’ll find ten choices of the same item, but we can promise you’ll find the best one.
Additionally, we partner with a wide variety of growers – including some local farmers – to offer a wide variety of fresh, in-season produce, including organic fruits and vegetables. From USDA Choice meats to gluten-free and organic foods, we are committed to bringing our shoppers the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices.
Small Differences, Big Savings
More than 40 million customers every month have discovered that they can save time and money without sacrificing quality. At ALDI, our small differences are making a big impact – in-store and in your wallet.
- Volume Purchasing: We focus on the most commonly purchased grocery items so you can get in, get your groceries and get home to your family. This allows for sizable discounts which are passed directly to our customers.
- Exclusive Brand Products: More than 90 percent of what you find in stores is an exclusive brand product. Tested in the ALDI Test Kitchen, these products taste the same or better than national brands and are backed by our Double Guarantee. If you’re not 100 percent satisfied, bring it back. We’ll replace the product AND refund your money.
- ALDI Finds: Each week, ALDI offers dozens of food and non-food products at a great value that includes everything from small kitchen appliances and seasonal items to outdoor furniture and gardening tools.
- No Hidden Costs: Our store model avoids non-essential services like banking, pharmacies and check cashing to bring more savings to our customers.