The Scenic Range News Forum reports that the discount supermarket chain Aldi seeks to open a store in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, on the site of a former lumber store.
In a subdivision deal, fast food chain Hardees will also open a restaurant on the same site.
This lot is located across from the McDonald’s on Pokegama Avenue South. It had been occupied by the lumber store ProBuild, which had been a UBC store before that.
The Grand Rapids City Council approved a subdivision of the property at a meeting this week.
Sam Munger confirmed that his company is looking to develop a Hardees at 1250 Pokegama Ave. S. The building permit filed with the city lists the development as a $768,500 project. “We’re working very hard to make this happen,” he said. “We have high hopes for this store if we’re able to make it come to fruition.”
Although the fast food restaurant chain underwent contraction in the 1990s, the Hardees brand has been in growth mode in recent years. Beginning in the fall of 2013, Hardees began an expansion into the northeastern United States. In total, 200 new Hardees have or are expected to open with the next few years in the northeast region.
Aldi Director of Real Estate Andrew Mack did not return requests for comment as of press time. However, its building permit suggests plans are to develop a $1.2 million select assortment grocery store at 85 SE 13th Street.
Aldi has made a name for itself in the discount grocery business, with prices often significantly under those of WalMart. Costs are contained through methods that may be unfamiliar to many American shoppers. The grocery chain charges small fees for shopping carts, asks customers to bring their own shopping bags and limits hours and inventory to keep costs down. The Germany-based grocery chain, which grew from a single location in 1913, is now estimated to own and operate nearly 10,000 stores in 18 countries.
The third parcel created from the subdivision has a yet unspecified use.
My stepmom shops at Aldi in the Twin Cities and always gets some sweet deals. Meanwhile, a guy can get fat and happy on Hardees. Hibbing used to have two Hardees. They roll in barrels of gravy off the trucks.
Once final paperwork is complete demolition of the old lumber store and the start of construction could happen as soon as mid-May, according to the Scenic Range News Forum.