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Aldi grocery store plan gets OK from supervisors

| Sunday, June 2, 2002

An Aldi grocery store will be built this fall in South Strabane Township, near the Wal-Mart center in Trinity Point.

South Strabane supervisors unanimously approved the final plan for the store at their Tuesday meeting, pending state code approval, and groundbreaking could come this fall.

The store will be built in five or six months. Brian McGee, director of real estate for the company, said that there could be between five and 15 employees at the store, depending on the volume of business. The jobs will pay more than minimum wage and offer hospitalization benefits, he said.

Aldi will close on the land sale this week, McGee said. Then blueprints for the store should be drawn up and a building plan should be submitted, he said.

After the closing on the land sale, the next step would be a building permit and submitting drawings for the proposed store, township Manager John Stickle said. McGee said the company's stores are usually brick with awnings over the windows.

Aldi Stores have been in business since 1976, with their name deriving from the owners, the Albrecht family in Germany. The company's American base is in Batavia, Ill. Currently, 643 Aldi stores are located in the United States.

Aldi has stores in Shaler, Monroeville and North Versailles, but the one at Trinity Point would be its first in Washington County. McGee said the company is also looking to expand into the South Hills, in West Mifflin, Bridgeville, Carnegie and Robinson Town Centre, as well as in Indiana and Blair counties.

The store offers a no-frills approach to grocery shopping. Carts are rented for a quarter deposit, and shoppers bring their own bags or buy them from the store.

Trinity Point is a plaza along Route 19 near Interstate 70. The plaza includes a Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and a Marriott Courtyard Suites.

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