Long-awaited Aldi scheduled to open Monday on Prospect Avenue

01/28/2014 11:29 AM

01/29/2014 12:32 AM

A “food desert” is finally getting a grocery store, a decade after it was first proposed.

Aldi, a leading low-price grocery chain, plans a ribbon cutting at 8:30 a.m. Monday for its new store at 3830 Prospect Ave. The 16,850-square-foot store will open at 9 a.m. with product samplings and a chance to win Aldi gift certificates.

The company first proposed a store in the 39th and Prospect neighborhood a decade ago. A tax incentive plan to make the project financially viable was approved in 2006. Aldi purchased 22 properties but it needed two more. The remaining properties went through a condemnation process that took until 2009. By then Aldi had shifted funds to another project for that year. Then the recession put many development projects on hold.

Once the Prospect project was picked up again, Aldi invested about $3.5 million to build the new store and promised the same fresh produce, meats and other grocery items at the same prices it offers at its suburban stores.


Join the Discussion

The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service