Aldi moving to larger building

A prime commercial property in Seymour is no longer for sale.

The former Staples building at 1710 E. Tipton St. will soon become a bigger and better location for Aldi grocery store.

The move will double the size of the business.

Gina Darlage, with the city’s planning and zoning department, confirmed Monday the grocery chain has submitted design and engineering plans to remodel the 23,640-square foot building which sits just north of The Home Depot.

The building, erected in 1999, has sat empty since Staples office supply store closed its doors in mid-September 2014 to cut costs and focus on online sales.

A timeline for when the remodel will be complete was not available, but major interior work including installation of freezers, electric rewiring and plumbing will have to take place.

The decision to move from their current 12,329-square foot building at 330 Myers St. behind Burger King will give Aldi a bigger store and better access to traffic on U.S. 50. The new location is in a busy commercial area that puts the store closer to its competitors including Walmart and JayC Food Store.

With the move, the Myers Street building, erected in 1990, will be put on the market.

News of the move was met with positive reaction from local shoppers.

Beverly Gerth said she thought it was a good idea.

“It puts their business in the hub of things instead of back in a corner unseen,” she said. “Also, the building is much bigger, so they can offer more items for sale. It’s a good move.”

Chris Baxter hopes the move will encourage more development along the city’s main commercial corridor.

“It doesn’t eliminate an empty building, but with the Staples building being on U.S. 50, it will provide better visibility and hopefully increase their market share,” he said.

Kelli Klakamp said she’s excited that she will be able to shop in a bigger store.

“If it’s bigger then I’m all for it,” she said. “I love Aldi, but it is so small, and being on U.S. 50 should give them more business opportunity.”

Emily Surkenkamp said the move likely will increase Aldi’s customer base.

“I love shopping at Aldi and will do so even more now with the new location,” she said.

Aldi bills itself as the nation’s low-price grocery leader, operating about 1,500 stores in 32 states, according to the company website. The company has more than 20,000 employees, and more than 80 percent of the products sold in those stores are Aldi exclusive brands.

The company, founded by the Albrecht family, opened it’s first store in Germany in 1961, and the first store in the Untied States opened in 1976 in Iowa. The company is headquartered in Batavia, Illinois.