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  •  My bad - I heard that from a neighbor (6+ / 0-)

    I should know better than to repeat stuff like that.

    The owner is:

    The company is called Aldi and, though I’d seen one or two of its stores in the past, I didn’t even know it was a grocery store. Then I read this very interesting Wall Street Journal piece about the company’s ambitious new plan for the U.S., which calls for 75 new stores this year. The article claims that Aldi is so good at selling cheap goods that WalMart couldn’t compete with it in Germany.

    and

    They are, in other words, not the obvious owner of a chain like Trader Joe’s — which, although it tries to be ruthlessly cheap, also has a very high style quotient and neighborhood grocery store vibe.

    I thought of all this when I ran into a friend who used to work at a Trader Joe’s. I asked her if she knew who owned the chain. She said no, then thought about it, and suddenly remembered: "Oh yeah, some Germans!"

    She knew this only because some Aldi executives came to look at her store a few times, and as she recalls it, her management asked all the employees to not speak to the Aldi executives. It was unclear why this was necessary.

    Then she remembered something else: "The carts we used to wheel boxes up and down the aisles, we called them U-boats, because they were shaped like a U. We were told to definitely not call them U-boats whenever the Germans were visiting."

    My apologies for the misinformation.

    We need two lists: those we will work to elect and those we will defeat. If you're not progressive, you're not a Democrat.

    by moosely2006 on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 10:18:38 AM PDT

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