The Barnes & Noble bookstore that closed last month after 25 years near the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp. is being transformed into a grocery store.
ALDI will completely renovate the storefront at 2619 Miamisburg Centerville Road, township officials confirmed. That also will include a revamp of the building façade, a new loading dock, updated parking and more.
It expects to open the 26,658-square-foot space sometime in May, township officials said.
The facility that will be used for the store was constructed in 1996, according to the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office. Real estate investment trust National Retail Properties Inc. applied Tuesday afternoon for a fire suppression system at the site for the ALDI project.
Each ALDI store, including the upcoming one in Miami Twp., will employ about 15 to 20 people, Sarah Brown, ALDI’s Springfield Division vice president, told the Dayton Daily News. Those interested in learning more about working at ALDI and searching job openings may visit careers.aldi.us.
Brown declined to specify the overall dollar investment for the Miami Twp. site.
“As a private company, we don’t share this specific data, but we’ve invested heavily in our stores and it’s paying off,” she said. “Not only have we received positive feedback from shoppers, but in-store traffic has increased.”
The grocer operates more than 2,100 stores across 38 states, including locations in Beavercreek, Centerville, Kettering, Huber Heights, Englewood, West Carrollton and Middletown.
ALDI is on track to become third-largest U.S. grocery retailer by store count by the end of 2022 with plans to open approximately 150 new stores nationwide this year, Brown said. In addition to opening stores, ALDI will expand its Curbside Grocery Pickup offering from 1,200 to 1,500 stores by the end of the year.
“We’re incredibly proud to continue growing in all aspects of our business, from opening new stores to enhancing our eCommerce offerings, especially in light of the challenges businesses have faced in the last year,” ALDI U.S. CEO Jason Hart said in a statement. “Our commitment to our shoppers, new and existing, is the same — we will do everything in our power to offer the lowest possible prices every day — and we look forward to supporting more communities across the country with amazing ALDI products at a value that can’t be matched.”
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