At last! At LAST I’ve finally shopped at an Aldi supermarket! Perth was a tad slow to the uptake on these popular German stores we kept hearing about. After reading my mate’s hillarious post on Aldi, I had a fair idea what to expect. I also started following Aldi Mum after watching her presentation at this years ProBlogger. So I’ve mentally prepared myself what to expect and why the masses either love or hate the place. Living in the country we have a local IGA which serves us well. Having said that, some days everyone wants to cook the same recipe as you do and you find yourself short! So grabbing the occasional stock up is always a good treat.
In a state that’s been heavily dominated by Woolworths and Coles it’s great to have a new kid on the block. Service wise, these stores I frequent are a friendly chatty bunch. A few odd conversations about toilet paper giving piles and space love but none the less, all satisfactory. But OH.MY.WORD!!! Aldi so aesthetically pleasing to the eye as you walked in I was all take my money. Just like when you walk into Ikea. You can feel yourself rolling your sleeves up and warning your family “Yep! We’re gonna be here for awhile!”
Starting down an isle with your down payment trolley – to be fair it was clean and sparkling new. No baby wipe wash needed – it truly felt like we were in a shopping wonderland. The products are randomly set out but perhaps that’s the wonder of it all. I was expecting lame type rip offs of our favourite products but the Tim Tams looked the same to me 🙂 I stocked up on things like toothpaste, tissues and loo paper because same same! Cat food was a great find although said cat has been giving us funny exasperated looks when we feed her. You’ll be fine Molly – it’ll make you big and STRONG!! Promise!!
The fruit and veg section was dreamy. So well stocked and freakin cheap! I may have lost my hat in there and forgot how much my fridge can actually hold!! Smoothie season has well and truly hit our house. The middle section of the store seemed to have the random products which I restrained from purchasing. There was no TV screens to speak of but to be honest we didn’t need one. This store didn’t have the Aldi booze I’ve heard about which was a shame as I’m always keen for a tasting. But in the same light probably a blessing as one has been drinking far too much
of late, still!
The thing that blew me away most about the Aldi experience was of course THE SERVICE! WOW! 5 star my friends! Perhaps the fact that we didn’t have to self serve was the first hello. How old is that getting already? Perhaps having the person on the counter seated makes them a happier person? I always wondered why people sat in stores in New Zealand and London. Seems a comfy way to spend your day whilst scanning groceries. Why not!
The lady that served us was so lovely I almost expected her to give us all a hug as we fumbled with our bagless groceries. I was too busy stacking my trolley to catch her name but all I could think was “oh she is sooo nice!” And the price – holy moly! I guessed over $200 but it just came over $100. Thank you very much!! Cupboards and fridge filled and purse still smiling 🙂 You beauty!!
So all up I’m super impressed! I was expecting a more no frills kind of place but presentation, service and product wise I think the big guns have a strong contender in play. I’m heading to Perth this weekend so I’m looking forward to seeing our friendly server – this time I’ll grab her name – and do a top up shop.
Just for doing a little awesome service reporting, you could win an uber cool bag from Naughts and Crosses Boutique, a cute little etsy store I discovered. The sweet person that made your day is set to win a $30 movie voucher. That’s a nice high five wouldn’t you say? Are you a big fan of Aldi? Have you had any awesome service lately? Do tell, especially the name of the person that went the extra mile in the comment section below.
Hope you all have a great week of service, I know I love to give it in my little Visitor Centre. Sometimes I pinch myself I found a job I love doing – talking non stop and of course giving great service! Who would’ve thunk it? Catch ya next week, birthday week 🙂
Love Jo xx