Aldi Supermarket Opens In Flowood MS

Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

Excitement has been swirling around the construction and Grand Opening of the new Aldi Supermarket on Lakeland Drive in Flowood.  Since today was Opening Day, I had to see what the buzz was all about. I brought my reusable grocery bags and a quarter for the shopping cart. 

The parking lot was full when I arrived. I grabbed my cart and immediately was bumper to bumper with other shoppers. It seems everyone got the memo that today was Opening Day. 

Aldi Supermarket Grand Opening

The store was full of friendly, smiling faces, but as I mentioned, shoppers and grocery carts were everywhere. If you couldn't go down the produce line, you went down the center isles, which is where the seasonal goods and "Aldi's Finds" are located. I went a little wild as I found gardening supplies at great prices.

Before I knew it, my cart was full so I headed to check out. Only one cashier line was open, and several self checkouts. I told the cashier I brought my own bags, but he politely explained that the customer has to bag their own groceries. OK, so I went to work bagging my $100 purchases.


Did I enjoy Aldi and would I go there again? Yes, I enjoyed their specials and definitely am happy with my gardening supplies. I am not a fan of bagging my own groceries, and definitely don't enjoy self-checkout. So I would go again, but I'm happy to have options like Kroger and Wal-Mart, each located within 5 minutes from home.

If you are new to Rankin County or are a long-time resident, you can add Aldi to your grocery store options, along with Kroger, Wal-Mart, and Ramey's in Brandon and Florence.

Comments (15)

Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We have several Aldi's in our rea and they are great or bargains and low prices.  Our Aldi's has a separate bagging area which takes you our=t of the cashier's line.l 

Jun 08, 2023 03:42 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty Aldi's is an excellent store, you guys are going to love it.

Jun 08, 2023 03:53 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Pat:

I bet there are plenty of locals who are thrilled to have the new Aldi! The one we have is not convenient to where we live so we don't ever go and I have only been in an Aldi store 1 time.


Jun 08, 2023 04:38 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I saw a customer using the bagging area yesterday Ed Silva. I had no idea how the store operated as it was my first time to visit an Aldi store.

George Souto - so many people are excited to shop at Aldi. I will be glad when the newness wears off a little as it was THE place to be. Hopefully traffic will calm down in a couple weeks.

Jun 08, 2023 04:50 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Jeff Dowler, CRS This Aldi is 5 minutes from home, so I'll be able to go frequently. By the way, this was my first time to visit Aldi. I do enjoy the special merchandise they use as teasers! :-)

Jun 08, 2023 04:51 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I love Aldies unfortunately I would need to drive about 3 hours round trip.... so with that said I frequent the competition, Endre

Jun 08, 2023 10:27 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Pat... Aldi's has made serious inroads in the Charlotte region's grocery market. I shop there occasionally, but my heart still belongs more to LIDL... also a German chain... great German baked goods, chocolate, etc.

Jun 09, 2023 05:01 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I've never been to an Aldis - you have to pay for shopping carts? Wow!

Jun 09, 2023 05:09 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a good recommendation to share. 

We like our local Aldi stores. We are lucky to have two of them in our area.

Jun 09, 2023 05:37 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Pat - I have yet to visit an Aldi store even though I have heard about them.  Thanks for sharing your experience which is similar to others I have heard/read.  

Jun 09, 2023 06:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Pat, this grocery store must stay a bit more East, haven't seen any around here.

Jun 09, 2023 09:00 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Hi Kat Palmiotti - the shopping carts take a quarter to operate. There are no shopping corrals in the parking lot; so when you return the cart, you get your quarter back. You should have seen the confused shoppers on opening day!

Jun 10, 2023 11:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti

I'll bet!

Jun 10, 2023 01:13 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Joan Cox - I had to look it up. The American headquarters are located in Illinois; they have 2000 stores nationwide. 

Nina Hollander, Broker - I have not heard of LIDL; it is not in our area.

Jun 10, 2023 11:36 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty well, if it ever shows up in your neck of the woods, you'll like it!

Jun 10, 2023 11:41 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Pat! I'm late to the Aldi party but, know you're loving having it in your area! We have both Lidl & Aldi (sister German companies, of sorts!) and a lot of shoppers prefer Aldi because of the variety of (and prices of) meats and cheeses - and those personal finds too!

We have 7 Aldis & 4 Lidls and I actually wish the Aldi was closer to me! LOL The Lidl that is closer to me often has good bulbs for planting in the garden though. You have to pick through them but, there are often some good finds there.

If you have a charcuterie board to take to an event or are hosting something at your home and you are putting together one - their meats and cheeses are FABULOUS and SO cheap! 

I wasn't sure what to do about those shopping carts either! LOL 

I love my full-service grocer but, for our lake gatherings, I'm all over Aldi! 

OH another tip -  now when I go, it's often just for charcuterie items and I take my reusable bag in and fill it so I don't have to worry with a cart. 

Jul 23, 2023 03:49 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Had to share an article of comparison here...

Jul 23, 2023 03:51 PM