The former Acme Supermarket in Limerick, shown as it appeared during 2011
LIMERICK PA – Aldi US, the Illinois-based discount supermarket chain that won approval during December (2016) to expand a storage area at its Lower Pottsgrove Township location, is working simultaneously to open a new 21,702-square-foot store within months in a portion of the long-vacant Acme Markets space at Limerick Crossing Shopping Center on West Ridge Pike.
Aldi’s sublease of the former Acme “is scheduled to commence in the spring,” according to an announcement from CoStar Group Inc., a listing service for commercial real estate. The shopping center is owned and managed by Berwyn PA-based Brandolini Companies, and includes other national tenants. Brandolini’s marketing materials for Limerick Crossing currently list Aldi as the center’s “anchor retailer.”
Aldi’s plans to refurbish the Acme space includes new exterior sign installations that require a variance from the Limerick Zoning Hearing Board. It scheduled a Jan. 25 (2017) public hearing with company representatives to discuss the signage needs.
The entire center consists of almost 122,000 square feet of space and was built during 2007, according to Brandolini. The Acme closed in February 2011 because at the time it was “not meeting company goals in today’s competitive and difficult economic environment,” according to an Acme prepared statement.
Aldi now operates more than 1,600 stores in 35 states, and “is always looking for new places to continue our aggressive expansion plans,” it said on its U.S. corporate website.
The minor land development plan approved late last year in Lower Pottsgrove was to extend the storage area for the Aldi location on Armand Hammer Boulevard. Both township planners and commissioners agreed to the project, and Aldi also was praised by township Manager Ed Wagner for voluntarily making other adjustments to the property that were not required but that benefited shoppers there.
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