While this is the first Aldi in Fairfield, it’s the city’s fourth grocery store — it already has Kroger, Jungle Jim’s International Market and Meijer — Mayor Steve Miller said it will fill a niche after the city lost Marsh, which sat on the current Aldi site before its demolition.
“There’s a lot of people on that side of town that missed a grocery store that was closer to home and easier to get in and out,” said Miller.
The mayor also hopes Aldi will be the spark needed reviltalization to Patterson Place shopping center, and that area of the city's Second Ward. Aldi is opening next to a vacant structure that once was home to Planet Fitness, which moved to Ohio 4 last year. Miller hopes the grocery store will draw interest to that vacant building and reignite interest in building senior patio homes that halted.
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"The more people we can get down there, the better chance we can get attracting businesses," he said. "And if we can get those senior patio homes built, you get more people down there, more traffic and start creating the density you need."
Kathman said within a few years he would not be surprised to see “some movement” on that property owned by Neyer Property. What form that “movement” takes, Kathman said, “is to be determined.” But Kathman said he and Neyer Property officials believe “once Aldi gets open and other potential tenants in that space see how popular that is, we expect that interest will only rise from there.”
Kathman said Aldi is opening across the street from the popular Lindenwald Station, a diner that moved from Hamilton to Fairfield's Riegert Square in early 2018.
“Those two projects opening up in a pretty close time frame has really provided a nice jolt of energy for that area,” Kathman said.