GLENVILLE — The town's Planning and Zoning Commission has approved plans for an Aldi grocery store on Route 50 in the town center, clearing the way for construction to start in the fall.
"I anticipate them hopefully getting in the ground before snow flies," said Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle, who attended Monday's commission meeting, at which the project was approved after several months of review. "I'm hoping for a late-spring opening."
The discount grocer will build on vacant land on Route 50, opposite the Price Chopper/Market 32 supermarket and north of Sheffield Road.
The plan has received an enthusiastic public reception, with Koetzle saying it has been one of the things he is asked about most-frequently.
"If you look at my Facebook, it's one of the most popular posts," Koetzle said. "People are excited. It seems to be welcomed by the community."
The idea was presented to town officials as a concept in December, but the developer didn't follow up with a formal application until the end of March.
In addition to Market 32, the town center corridor is home to Hannaford and Target stores, but Aldi tends to offer more discount items. The parcel on which the store will be built is also the last piece of vacant land along the Route 50/Glenridge Road corridor, which town officials have sought to establish as a "town center."
The German-owned Aldi chain also has stores in nearby communities, including Amsterdam, Schenectady, Ballston Spa, Halfmoon and Colonie.
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, according to the company's website. There are 1,600 Aldi stores in 34 states nationwide.
The planned Glenville Aldi location will encompass 17,825 square feet on a 2.36-acre site. The main entrance will be opposite the traffic light that controls access to the Market 32 plaza, but a separate right-in, right-out access lane would be placed at the southern end of the property, close to the Route 50 intersection with Sheffield Road, a residential street.
The town already accepted plans to screen the store from residential neighbors and, on Monday, accepted a plan to have a gate that will screen the loading dock from view when it is not in use.
The parcel is vacant, but previously was home to a chain drug store and a dollar discount store.
The town has been investing heavily in improving the appearance and walkability of the town center, through which more than 20,000 vehicles travel each day, according to state Department of Transportation figures.