Since opening its first local location in the late 1990’s, Western New Yorkers either love or hate to shop at Aldi for the unfussy shopping experience in their stores.

Aldi is known for paring things down to the basics, keeping costs low for its customers. Some examples:

  • Storing items unpacked in boxes throughout the store (some aren’t even on shelves)
  • Requiring customers to bring their own bags and boxes to schlep their groceries home 
  • Having customers bag their goods themselves
  • Using the “quarter” system to keep customers in charge of maintaining carts, so they don’t need to hire wranglers to put them back where they belong
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Aldi isn’t the quickest option if you don’t have a lot of time and are looking to make a fast trip in and out (although admittingly, Aldi’s cashiers seem to scan things much faster than other stores).

To help speed things up, the chain recently announced that it’ll be putting self-checkout lanes inside several Western New York locations.

Additionally, some shoppers don’t like how bare-bones the chain is, especially if they’re looking for something specific and can’t find it in the store.

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That being said, for many Western New York shoppers, the sacrifices are worth it to save money on weekly groceries for themselves and their families.

Soon, Buffalo-area Aldi locations will be carrying some items they didn’t have available before, making it more convenient for customers who previously had to make a second stop to another store to get it.

Aldi Will Finally Sell Beer In Western New York Stores

Earlier this month, Aldi filed several applications with the New York State Liquor Authority to start selling beer in over 20 Western New York locations.

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It’s still unknown if Aldi will stock the shelves with their own house-brand brews like its competitor Trader Joes, or if it will sell domestic and craft beers like Wegmans and Tops.

Regardless, for local shoppers with booze on their grocery list, this is great news. It eliminates the hassle for customers who like shopping at Aldi for their prices but are annoyed having to go somewhere else to grab some beers for the fridge.

When Can We Start Buying Beer At Aldi?

Western New Yorkers won’t have to wait too long to put alcohol in their carts.

Aaron Sumida, division vice president of Aldi, told Buffalo Business First

“Regarding beer sales, we're excited to share that we're tracking to begin rollout as early as this fall.” 

The timing perfectly coincides with all of the holiday grocery shopping we’ll be doing for Thanksgiving and Christmas get-togethers, and a welcome change for area Aldi stores.

The Western New York Aldi locations that’ll soon have beer available are:

  • 4030 Maple Road, Amherst
  • 9290-9300 Transit Road, East Amherst
  • 587 E Main St. Suite 200, Batavia
  • 3750 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell
  • 998 Broadway St., Buffalo
  • 2090 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
  • 3060 Main St., Buffalo
  • 1820 Sheridan Drive, Buffalo
  • 1685 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga
  • 4931 Transit Road, Depew
  • 5999 S Park Ave., Hamburg
  • 601 S Transit, Lockport
  • 11248 Maple Ridge Road, Medina
  • 6035 Porter Road, Niagara Falls
  • 3939 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda
  • 3366 Orchard Park Road, Orchard Park
  • 175 S Cascade Drive, Springville
  • 865 Harlem Road, West Seneca
  • 1980 Ridge Road, West Seneca
  • 5435 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville
  • 4259 Transit Road, Williamsville

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