The new Aldi store in Washington likely will be open this spring, according to company officials.
Aldi filed a building permit with the city of Washington for its new store Sept. 24 at McClugage Road and Freedom Parkway near the Menards. Construction workers started with site work the next day.
Aldi Dwight Division Vice President Heather Moore said the projected opening will be the spring. She added they are still assessing how many employees will be needed to staff the Washington store.
Aldi, the Batavia-based discount grocery chain, has five stores in the Peoria area. Moore said coming to Washington was part of the stores recent location changes.
“We want to be conveniently based where Aldi shoppers are located,” Moore said. She added that the specific location in Washington was chosen based on “population density, proximity to competition, cost of the property and traffic patterns.”
Moore said as part of the strategy for the area, Aldi will be opening a new store on North University Avenue in Peoria. Meanwhile, two other Peoria stores -- 3116 N. Sterling Ave. and 603 E. War Memorial Drive -- will close.
Aldi would not disclose how much the construction of the new store cost.
The location of the new store surprised many in the community who thought maybe an
Aldi would locate in the Sunnyland Plaza. But plaza redeveloper Ray Poe said he never heard back from Aldi.
“I met with the brokers and submitted drawings but it seems like they have a plan to more into places that are near Wal-Marts,” Poe said.
The new Washington location for Aldi is across Freedome Parkway from a Wal-Mart store.
“I feel like if my project was a year earlier, they might have considered it,” Poe said. “We are coming to a point in the renovation where I believe it looks desirable for a national tenant.”