Chain builds out supermarkets
A supermarket chain is building out its latest group of stores in the region.
Aldi began construction this month on a 17,651-square-foot store in Plainwell, at 1323 West M-89, according to CD Barnes Construction in Grand Rapids.
The store is being built by CD Barnes Construction and is scheduled to be finished in the first week of November.
The Plainwell site was purchased by Aldi, and although there was a vacant building on the site, it has been demolished to make way for the store.
The store is Aldi’s third collaboration with CD Barnes Construction, which has also constructed Aldi stores in Big Rapids and Three Rivers.
“Our staff works diligently to build relationships with clients and perform to the highest level of construction standards in an effort to secure repeat business,” said Todd Oosting, partner, CD Barnes Construction. “We are pleased to see that our clients are satisfied with our efforts and inviting us back on additional projects. “
Portage and South Haven
Aldi is also constructing stores in Portage and South Haven and expanding its Benton Harbor store this fall, said David Kapusansky, director of real estate, Aldi, Michigan.
The Portage store is scheduled to open in August, and the South Haven store is slated to open in September.
West Michigan expansion
Aldi is planning to open a Ludington store in 2015 and three other stores in the region over the next four years.
Kapusansky said that Aldi has opened seven stores in West Michigan in the last five years, because customers keep requesting more locations.
He added that it’s the marriage of quality and relatively low prices that keeps the chain growing in the region.
Aldi has 21 stores in the West Michigan, including the three under construction.
Aldi operates more than 1,200 stores in the U.S. across 32 states, selling more than 1,400 of the “most frequently purchased” grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands.