By JESSIE HORTON
STEPHENVILLE (February 4, 2015) — It seems as if it is almost official. As of Wednesday, representatives in Aldi’s Denton Corporate offices confirmed to The Flash that Aldi is building a new store in Stephenville.
According to the Aldi representative who answered a number listed for their real estate division and would not give her name as she did not have permission to speak on the matter, could only confirm that Aldi would be building a brand new grocery store from the ground up. When asked where the store would be located, the rep could not confirm a location. However, she did confirm the store would be similar to other Aldi locations in their southwest region.
The Flash pulled some records and did some looking around. Aldi locations in Texas and other southern states are all very similar and are usually located along major roadways in cities of similar size to Stephenville. Since Aldi will not be building a distribution center in Stephenville, they will not require as much land as was needed when the Denton store was constructed.
From the ground up implies Aldi will not be renovating an already existing building. Based on locations for sale in Stephenville currently ready for construction, which Aldi would need to meet the 2016 timeline, there are two logical locations, both along Washington Street – the old Coca-Cola distributing property or where the old Holiday Inn was. From what we already know is planned for the Coca-Cola property, The Flash estimates Aldi will build on the property that was once a hotel.
Further research uncovered the estimated cost of building an Aldi from the ground up in Texas last year is $1,500,000. This is including food store, break room, closet, cold storage, computer, Customer Service desk, displays, equipment, storage, food storage, mechanical room, offices, records storage, restrooms, sales, shipping and receiving, equipment storage, vehicle parking, walk-in freezer, cast in place concrete foundation, structural steel frame, masonry exterior, steel joist roof structure and steel bar joist roof deck.
A call to the city of Stephenville was not returned as of press time, and the estimates above regarding location in Stephenville are based solely on the author’s experience covering other commercial construction projects and knowledge of timelines.