Swansea Aldi consumers will see a whole makeover of the grocery retailer in Swansea this 12 months, however the retailer will likely be closed for a number of weeks throughout development earlier than the venture is completed. The shop at 1708 N. Illinois St. is scheduled to briefly shut in late August after which reopen in October, in keeping with an announcement from Aldi. Work has already began on the renovation, which can embody the addition of a procuring aisle as a part of a 3,000-square-foot constructing enlargement and 51 further parking areas, in keeping with Dallas Alley, the director of constructing and zoning for the village of Swansea. The renovated constructing may have about 20,000 sq. toes and clients will see new exterior lighting and landscaping, Alley stated. Aldi declined to launch the quantity it’s investing within the Swansea website however Alley stated the venture is valued at $2.5 million. “It’s a great thing for the village of Swansea, not just in a sense of economy but a sense of community. Aldi has said they are committed to staying here in Swansea, providing for our residents,” Alley stated. “We’re going to see about a 15% increase in their sales right off the bat and we hope to see even more than that, potentially 20 to 25% increase in sales here at this store and Aldi’s is one of the major contributors to our retail sales tax. The prepared statement from Aldi said the remodeled store “will offer improved layout with ample refrigeration to accommodate the recently expanded fresh and convenient food selection. The updated store will also feature open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials.” The Swansea renovation is a part of a $1.9 billion plan to transform and develop over 1,300 shops nationwide. Aldi, which is a part of firm primarily based in Germany, opened a brand new retailer in Fairview Heights final 12 months and transformed a retailer in O’Fallon in 2017. “I think the big thing, though, is all the people in this part of town, they’ve got a store that’s going to have a much larger selection, easier to get in and out of,” Alley stated. Bank of America ATM Aldi has bought the previous Bank of America website adjoining to the grocery retailer and that can permit Aldi to extend the scale of the shop and the parking zone. Though Bank of America has closed its foyer, the drive-thru ATM is open and Alley stated it should stay open till a brand new ATM is constructed. Demolition of the previous drive-thru banking lanes has began. This the place the brand new ATM will likely be situated. Plans name for the previous bank constructing to be torn down. Aldi bought the vacant Bank of America constructing at 10 North Belt West for $385,575, in keeping with St. Clair County property information filed on Jan. 31. Curbside service Aldi lately began curbside service within the St. Louis space and 5 metro-east areas supply this characteristic. Go to buy.aldi.us for extra info. Right here the 5 Aldi shops within the metro-east that supply curbside grocery pickup service: 1635 W. U.S. Freeway 50, O’Fallon 2822 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton 16 Cottonwood Street, Glen Carbon 399 Wesley Drive, Wooden River 5925 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights
Mike Koziatek joined the Belleville Information-Democrat in 1998 as an assistant editor and is now a reporter overlaying the Belleville space. He graduated from Marquette College in Milwaukee and is from St. Louis.