JOHNSTOWN - Aldi's food store on North Comrie Avenue is planning a roughly 2,000-square-foot addition to its store next year, city Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said.
He told the Common Council recently that store officials indicated they will bring their project as a proposal before the city Planning Board, probably on Jan. 8. Heberer said he was contacted by Aldi's store officials about their intentions. He said he didn't know if employment will be increased.
"I guess they're doing really well, and they want to expand," Heberer said.
Aldi’s on Route 30A in Johnstown, which is planning an expansion, is shown Thursday.
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The addition will be to the south of the building, and the project at 252 N. Comrie Ave. also will involve a total interior renovation, said Heberer, the city's code enforcement officer.
Officials from the Aldi corporate office in Batavia, Ill., and the company's public relations firm - Chicago-based Weber Shandwick - didn't return calls this week seeking comment.
The local store manager in Johnstown had no comment, referring questions to Ryan Reddy, Aldi's regional manager in Ithaca.
Reddy didn't return calls Thursday or Friday.
According to its website, Aldi opened its first store in 1976. It is a discount grocery chain that operates more than 1,000 stores in 31 states.
Through a select assortment and convenient grocery shopping approach, the chain offers its customers the "highest quality everyday items at the lowest possible prices," the website says.
Almost 95 percent of its premium products are sold under exclusive Aldi select brands.
Stores carry about 1,400 regularly stocked items including produce, meat and bread.
Elsewhere in his monthly report to the council at City Hall on Monday, Heberer said the fire department's new roof project is 99 percent complete.
Heberer also told the council he wanted to "publicly commend" his firefighters for a "fantastic job" in their response to a house fire Dec. 1 at 105 Prindle Ave.
He said firefighters responded in less than three minutes and there was minor damage to the building.
"People were able to live there that day," the fire chief said. "This is what you get for your tax dollars."
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org