More grocery competition may be coming to Glenville’s town center, along with another fast-food restaurant.
Aldi Inc. presented conceptual plans to the town Planning Board Monday night for a 17,825-square-foot store similar to the Aldi stores found in several other local communities.
The location would be right across Route 50 from a Price Chopper supermarket, one in which the Golub. Corp. has been investing heavily, converting it into a more upscale Market 32.
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The land Aldi wants to build on is now vacant despite the town center’s recent increase in commercial development.
“This really represents the last vacant property in the town center,” said town Supervisor Chris Koetzle. “It’s important because it’s been vacant for a long time.”
The town has been investing heavily in improving the appearance and walkability of the town center, where more than 20,000 vehicles travel each day, according to state Department of Transportation figures.
The 2.36-acre site is on the west side of Route 50, between a Subway sandwich shop and Sheffield Place, an entrance to a residential neighborhood. The main Aldi entrance would be at the existing traffic light in front of Price Chopper.
Glenville Tile and a pharmacy once occupied the land, but both were demolished a number of years ago for a development project that never materialized.
As part of the plan, a fast-food restaurant is proposed at the southern end of the property, but town officials said they don’t know which restaurant chain wants the location.
Monday’s presentation was the first public discussion of the Glenville Aldi plans, though there have been informal discussions going on about it for months.
Monday’s presentation was only conceptual, without getting deeply into project details. A more formal presentation is expected at a second Planning Board meeting next Monday, Town Planner Kevin Corcoran said.
Most of the building lot is zoned for commercial development but one corner is zoned for residential use. The Town Board would need to change that zoning before the project could move forward, a process that would take several months. Corcoran said some zoning variances may also be needed in addition to a site plan review by the Planning Board.
The town center area already has Price Chopper and Hannaford supermarkets, but Koetzle said he believes Aldi, as a discount-oriented store, is pursuing a different market segment.
“The feedback on Aldi has been nearly unanimously positive,” Koetzle said.
Aldi stores are about one-third the size of the largest supermarkets, but they focus on carrying the most commonly purchased items rather than a wide variety, often carrying packaged foods under exclusive brands, the company says on its website.
The company is headquartered in Germany and has 10,000 markets in 18 countries around the world. There are 1,600 Aldi stores in 34 states in the United States.
When a story was published last week about a possible effort by national grocer Albertson’s to acquire Price Chopper, some analysts noted the increased competition Price Chopper has faced from niche markets such as Aldi.