SCHENECTADY – As one Aldi location prepares to open in the coming months in Rotterdam the one in Schenectady will be closing.
A manager at the Aldi located in Woodlawn Plaza on State Street in Schenectady confirmed Tuesday that the location would be closing. He said any further detail needed to be provided by the corporate office as employees were not allowed to comment on such matters.
Corporate offices did not respond to a request for comment by time of publication.
The location has been open for several years.
The news comes as Aldi works to build a new 20,000 square-foot location at the Five Corners in Rotterdam. That location is set to open mid-July.
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy had not heard it was closing but said Tuesday that it’s always disappointing when a store closes.
However, he noted there is a Price Rite Marketplace in Price Rite Crosstown Plaza. That is around a three minute drive. The Market 32 on Eastern Parkway would be about a six or seven minute drive. To get to the other Aldi in Glenville would be anywhere from 17 to 20 minutes depending on the time of day and to get to the new location in Rotterdam could take around 15 minutes to get to.
There is a bus stop at Curry Road and Guilderland Avenue, about a half mile from the new Aldi location, according to the Capital District Transit Authority website.
Esther Rahimee of Marshall Avenue stopped by Aldi Tuesday late afternoon to pick up a few items. She’s there maybe about once a week, she said.
“Their prices are really good,” she said.
She was surprised to find out the store was closing.
“They do a lot of business,” she said.
While she does shop at Hannaford sometimes, she said she’ll probably just drive over to the one in Rotterdam once it opens.
Susie and Victoria Anthony hadn’t realized the Aldi was even in the plaza, only finding it while actually trying to get to the one in Colonie where they normally shop.
Susie Anthony, who lives in Guilderland, said had she known it was there she would’ve went to that location.
“That sucks,” she said about it closing.