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Job fair adds speculation about Aldi store in Cranberry

| Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, 6:03 p.m.

Cranberry residents have a wish list of stores they'd like to see in their bustling business district, the township's community development director said.

Among them, said Ron Henshaw, is an Aldi discount grocery store.

“We've heard from many people over the years that they're very interested in having an Aldi in Cranberry,” Henshaw said.

“I think their reputation holds true for certain things,” including produce and special sales on items.

Interest has been building in recent weeks since Aldi announced that it's hiring for a Cranberry store expected to open this year.

The company hosted a job fair the week of July 23 for several Pittsburgh-area stores.

In a statement, the company said the job fair would hire people for “its Bridgeville and Cranberry Township stores opening later this year.”

Though the Bridgeville store is under construction, the company has not revealed any details about a Cranberry store and has not submitted any plans to township officials, Henshaw said.

A subsequent statement from Saxonburg division Vice President Brent Laubaugh acknowledges the Bridgeville store but not one in Cranberry.

Company officials would not comment further.

Because of the job fair and advertisements mentioning the Cranberry store, Henshaw said people have been asking township officials about the chain's plans, but they haven't been able to offer much information.

Henshaw recently called a company representative and he said he was told the company “was interested” in Cranberry.

“They said as soon as they knew where they're going, they'd be in touch with me right away,” Henshaw said.

The nearest Aldi to Cranberry, according to the company's website, is on Route 19 in Pine, nearly six miles south of the township.

Henshaw said residents and consumers also have expressed an interes in Whole Foods, Wegmans grocery store and McGinnis Sisters, though there's a McGinnis location nearby on Route 228 in Adams.

Developer Dominic Gigliotti recently presented plans to the township planning commission for a 68,000-square-foot grocery store at the Marketplace at Cranberry, which would be built on a 20-acre site along Route 19 at North Boundary Road.

Gigliotti, however, doesn't have a tenant lined up.

“A true specialty grocer would do very well in Cranberry,” Henshaw said.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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