ROTTERDAM — A new supermarket is planned at the Five Corners intersection in Rotterdam.
County and town officials on Monday announced that ALDI will construct a 20,000-square-foot store there, using two vacant parcels that previously held a CVS pharmacy and the Taylor & Vadney Sporting Goods shop.
“To the many residents of Rotterdam who wanted a grocery store on the western side of town, we hope you join us in welcoming this new business to our community,” Rotterdam Town Supervisor Steven Tommasone said in a news release.
German-based ALDI operates more than 2,000 markets in 38 U.S. states featuring a no-frills model and discount prices.
Albany-based commercial and residential developer Gordon Development is in charge of the project. If all goes according to plan, the grand opening will be later this year.
The town is not bereft of supermarkets: Gabriel’s, Hannaford Price Chopper, Save A Lot and Walmart stand about two miles away on Altamont Avenue. But in addition to a new shopping option, the ALDI project holds other significance.
The site stands at a crossroads in town, the five-way junction of Broadway, Curry Road, Duanesburg Road, Mariaville Road and Princetown Road. It has been idle for years, and an eyesore for part of that time: Taylor & Vadney stood partially burned-out after a disastrous 2017 fire. The building eventually was demolished in 2019. The CVS, meanwhile, also was idle, although not a wreck.
Bringing new life to the high-visibility site became a priority.
Schenectady County Legislature Chairman Tony Jasenski said in the news release: “We appreciate the dedication of our economic development team, the Town of Rotterdam and Gordon Development to bring this exciting new project to fruition.”