Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Aldi coming to McKnight Road...


Late last month, officials from Shoppes at Northway (Northway Mall) brought plans before Ross Township Planning Commission to build an Aldi Grocery Store in their parking lot. There has been a lot of speculation that the shopping facility was trying to lure a chain like that for some time.


The store would open in a new building near the Northway Apartments. The building also will house America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, which was originally located inside the mall. ...

Originally, development plans called for several stores to be torn out on the Browns Lane side of the mall, between Marshall's and Dick's Sporting Goods. That portion of the project will leave an open air shopping facility in its place.
Additionally, three exterior buildings will be constructed, with two near Dick's and a third housing the new Aldi.


Aldi describes itself as a "limited assortment" supermarket, offering about 1,000 different items in each store. Most of its offerings are private-label products, made for the grocery chain. The company's cost-cutting philosophy means most products are sold right from their cartons.

The store charges for grocery bags and collects a refundable deposit for use of shopping carts. According to its Web site, Aldi doesn't offer check cashing or preferred shopper programs.

The company, founded in Germany in 1948, has more than 800 outlets in the United States.

This Tattler once visited an Aldi's in Shaler Township and thinks it would be a good addition to McKnight Road. I previously received an email from a reader who thought that it would work at the former Kuhn's site - this Tattler agrees.

The stores feature good deals for those on a budget, which falls in line with Northway's other offerings such as Value City, a humongous dollar store and Marshall's Department Store.For those seeking high quality upper end items, don't even pay Aldi a trip. But it will be a nice alternative for many local residents.

If approved, developers have a target date to open the store by the end of the year.

Working to keep you posted...

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