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.