FAQ: How do I shop at the ALDI grocery store in Ocean Springs MS?

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ALDI, a popular grocery chain, will soon open a store in Ocean Springs, the first of three coastal counties south of Mississippi.

Construction will soon begin near the Walmart on Bienville Boulevard, Mayor Kenny Holloway confirmed to the Sun Herald.

But ALDI, expected to be the third-largest grocery retailer by the end of 2022, is unlike any other grocery experience on the coast.

From the shopping cart policy to buying bags to buying in bulk, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming grocery option.

Does ALDI sell branded products?

More than 90% of products on the shelves are ALDI branded, the company says on its website.

“ALDI’s exclusive brands allow us to provide the same high-quality product without passing on all the hidden costs associated with national brands, such as marketing and advertising,” the store explains.

The chain added a few national brands to stores after receiving customer feedback. ALDI may also offer national brands of products if it is unable “to source an exclusive branded product that meets or exceeds the quality and taste of the national brand”.

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Aldi Grocery opens a store in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Courtesy of Aldi

Do I have to pay to use a buggy?

ALDI stores require a 25 cent deposit to use a shopping cart. When a buyer returns the cart, the quarter is returned.

Should I bring my own bags?

ALDI encourages shoppers to bring their own reusable bags, but you can buy ALDI shopping bags at the store.

“Given our simple approach to retail, one of the ways we help our customers save money is to encourage them to bring their own shopping bags or buy a reusable and durable ALDI bag” , explains the chain. “The end result is that we not only save our customers money – by not adding the cost of the bag to our prices – but also valuable resources.”

Do I need a subscription?

Membership is not required to shop at ALDI.

Can I buy in bulk?

Buyers can buy wholesale from ALDI. The chain asks you to set up bulk orders with a store manager.

Are masks compulsory?

ALDI requires all employees to wear masks and strongly encourages shoppers to mask up.

Shoppers will find hand sanitizer stations throughout the store, and the chain says they’re cleaning and sanitizing carts regularly during the COVID pandemic.

Is grocery pickup an option?

ALDI says grocery pickup is available at every store.

Justin Mitchell is the Sun Herald’s News Editor and works on McClatchy’s Audience Engagement and Development team. It also reports on LGBTQ issues in the Deep South, with a particular focus on Mississippi.

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