No-frills grocery discount chain ALDI has submitted plans to build a new location in Fairfield.
Officials with the grocery chain have received approvals from the city’s Design and Review Committee and Planning Commission to build a new 22,000-square-foot store on a 2.25-acre lot at the corner of Pleasant Avenue and Patterson Boulevard.
That’s inside the Patterson Place shopping center that once housed a Marsh grocery store that was razed several years ago.
“It’s a good-looking building,” said Fairfield Development Services Director Greg Kathman. “It’s their new prototype.”
Kathman said staff is conducting a review of the submitted technical plans — the engineering and architectural drawings — “but they then have to come to terms and close on the real estate on the property.”
He said the company wanted to get the zoning and city approvals completed before they closed on the property, which he said, “We expect that to happen relatively soon.”
The new ALDI should open by sometime in the fourth quarter, Kathman said.
The new ALDI should have a ripple effect on vacant space in the shopping plaza in which it is being constructed. Kathman said company officials told him they’ve seen other business follow the opening of a new ALDI store.
ALDI is investing $14 million to model 11 stores in Cincinnati and the surrounding area by 2019, part of its $1.6 billion plan to remodel more than 1,300 U.S. stores by 2020. Its West Chester location reopened Monday following remodeling efforts and a Hamilton location shut down for remodeling on Sunday. a Middletown location will be remodeled in September.
ALDI previously announced plans to invest $3 billion for the addition of 650 new Aldi locations in the United States during the next five years, bringing its total number of stores to 2,000 by the end of 2019.
The grocer, which has been part of the Cincinnati community for more than 20 years, is “always looking for opportunities” to bring the ALDI difference” to more of its fans, including the Fairfield community,” according to Sarah Brown, ALDI Springfield division vice president
“Our upcoming Fairfield store will deliver a modern and convenient shopping experience with a focus on fresh items, including robust produce, dairy and bakery sections, and more room for customers’ favorite products with approximately 22,150 square feet of selling space,” Brown said. “The store’s modern design will also feature open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally-friendly building materials – such as recycled materials, energy-saving refrigeration and LED lighting.”
The company did not answer questions regarding how much it would cost to build the new store and how many employees it planned to hire.