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Aldi interested in opening new grocery store in Alpena

Submitted by on September 15, 2020 – 12:56 amNo Comment

A new grocery store could be coming to Alpena, an announcement that is welcome news for some shoppers who learned about a week ago that a different grocer will be closing in the near future.

It was disclosed during an Alpena Public Schools board of education committee meeting Monday, that the developer interested in the school district’s transportation garage on M-32 has worked out an agreement with Aldi to build a grocery store at that site.

But it will be quite a while before residents enter the discount retailer, if at all. There are still a lot of things that need to fall into place before a deal is reached between APS and the developer.

The agreement basically calls for the developer to build APS a new transportation garage near Wildcat Stadium at no cost to the school district. In exchange, APS would transfer the M-32 property to the developer at no cost. The APS board is expected to approve a draft purchase agreement when it meets Monday evening. However, the district’s attorney said yesterday, there is no guarantee the purchaser will come through and the purchase agreement is “very preliminary in nature.”

The draft purchase agreement gives the purchaser 60 days to develop plans for the construction of a new bus garage and to return those plans to APS, which then has 30 days to review them and make changes.

Under the terms of the agreement, if executed, APS would take possession of a new bus garage no later than December 31, 2021.

Owners of Neiman’s Family Market announced on September 8 that the Alpena store will close no later than October 4.