Aldi confirms relocation of store from Lower Burrell to New Kensington

Aldi confirmed on Friday that the discount grocer would close its Lower Burrell store in favor of a new building nearby in New Kensington.

New Kensington earlier this year approved plans for a grocery store identified as Aldi and a ModWash car wash to be built in Riverview Plaza along Tarentum Bridge Road, where a shuttered Kmart was demolished last year.

The location is not far from the Aldi store at Crossroads Plaza on Leechburg Road. It was built about 15 years ago.

“We can confirm that we plan to move the Aldi store from Lower Burrell to New Kensington by the end of this year,” said JR Perry, vice president of Aldi’s Saxonburg division.

The company would not provide further information at this time.

As indicated in plans submitted to New Kensington, the 21,000 square foot grocery store will be attached to the existing plaza. The parking spaces will be in part of the former 90,000 square foot footprint of the Kmart building.

It is one of two new stores that Aldi is building in the Alle-Kiski Valley.

The company is also working on a location on Freeport Road in Harrison.

The township’s Zoning Board of Hearing in March approved the necessary variances for the development of what is now the Harbison Nursery, at 4024 Freeport Road and across from the Highlands Mall. They were researched by APD Engineering & Architecture for Aldi.

The land development proposal will then go to the township’s planning commission. A date for that meeting has not been set, Harrison Commissioner Charles Dizard said.

“They would like to move forward as quickly as possible,” he said.

If approved by the planning commission, no further review or approval would be required from the township, Dizard said.

In addition to Lower Burrell, Aldi has stores in Frazer, Kittanning, Penn Hills, Monroeville and Shaler, among several other Pittsburgh-area locations.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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