The Aldi retail chain is opening three stores to meet new demands of Pasco County’s burgeoning growth.
Construction is underway simultaneously on new Aldi stores in Odessa, Lutz-Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills.
The grocery chain already has stores in Holiday and Port Richey.
Matt Thon, vice president for the Aldi’s Haines City division, said the grocery chain looks at many factors, when choosing store locations.
“We want the best sites that are closest to our shoppers and can support a high daily traffic volume,” Thon said.
There’s no doubt about high traffic volume near the Odessa and Lutz-Wesley Chapel locations.
The Odessa store is at the intersection of State Road 54 and Trinity Boulevard, west of the Suncoast Parkway. The Lutz-Wesley Chapel store is near where State Road 54 transitions into State Road 56, near Interstate 75.
The State Road 54/State Road 56 corridor has been bursting with growth in recent years, with new residential and commercial developments.
Aldi’s history dates back to its first store opening in 1961. Since then, it has branched out to have a total of 1,900 locations in 36 states across the country, the retail grocer’s website says.
The grocer also expects to open nearly 2,500 new stores nationwide by 2022, according to the website.
Aldi operates as a grocery store with a variety of foods, including meats and fresh produce. The majority of products are exclusive brands, only found in Aldi stores.
Like other Aldi locations, the Pasco stores will be roughly 12,000 square feet. They also will have an interior layout that’s similar to other stores in the chain.
Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said he’s happy to see the new Aldi coming to his district, which will be built almost directly in front of a Costco store.
Moore said he’s been hearing a desire by his constituents for an Aldi store for quite some time.
“It’s great to have options for people. The more options the better. They’re in a good location. That’s for sure,” Moore said.
Having more locations is good for both the company and consumers, Thon said.
He said the bottom line is this: “We want to be conveniently located for our shoppers in Pasco County.”
Published November 06, 2019