LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A minor, township-approved expansion to a materials storage and handling area at the Aldi’s Supermarket, 297 Armand Hammer Blvd., is already under way. Now the store’s management is letting shoppers know a more substantial change, a major redesign and remodeling of its interior, will start in about a month.
In fact, if there are grocery or other staples on which Aldi shoppers depend they might want to snatch them up soon. The store announced its intent to temporarily close for four weeks, beginning May 6 (2017; Saturday) through an unspecified date in “early June,” for a complete renovation. The work is expected to include “a brand-new look, new store layout, and an expanded fresh section,” according to poster signage appearing in its windows.
Aldi employees on Sunday (April 2) said the store has already stopped ordering some seasonal, occasional and less-popular items so displays can be disassembled and cleared ahead of the remodeling. Some shoppers commented upon seeing several refrigerator cases and shelving units that were visibly empty.
As alternative shopping locations during its remodeling, the signage suggested customers visit Aldi’s locations in Norristown or Reading.
The store won approval last November from the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners to build 1,220-square-foot extension on only the storage area of its existing building. The construction work also requires moving a storm water pipe, according to township engineers.
Engineers also praised the company’s willingness to comply with township requests to install upgrades to its fire alarm and sprinkler systems, provide specific fire hose connections, and create new parking spaces for handicapped customers.
Work involving grading, new curb installations, and other construction preparations could be seen outside Sunday (at top, and above) on both the east and west sides of the store, which is located in the same plaza as Home Depot.
The company said it would spend a total of $1.6 billion for a nationwide store remodeling initiative that began this year, the trade publication Supermarket News reported Feb. 8. Its plans include “allocating more space to its produce, meat, dairy and bakery departments, and refreshing the appearance of its stores with open ceilings and more natural lighting. It is also adding new display fixtures and widening some aisles,” according to the article.
“More than 1,300 stores are slated to be remodeled by 2020,” Supermarket News added.
The Lower Pottsgrove remodeling comes as Aldi’s opens a new store in a portion of the former Acme Supermarket at the Limerick Crossing Shopping Center on West Ridge Pike in Limerick. It also is facing new competition just a short distance east of the Limerick location as a grocery rival, Lidl, goes up in a shopping center to be called the Shoppes at Upper Providence. That 10-acre center is scheduled to also include a bank and two other retail buildings.
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