Emporia Planning and Zoning Specialist Joe Foster confirmed Friday that a developer working on behalf of Aldi is interested in the property at the southwest corner of 24th and Industrial Road. The property is currently owned by the First Church of the Nazarene. Foster explains what still must be approved before the relocation can become a reality.
The property at 24th and Industrial is currently zoned as low-density residential but the developer is seeking to have it become C-3 commercial. If approved the church would remain with the eastern half of the property developed for commercial use. The planning commission is waiting for a minor plat to be approved before taking both items to the Emporia City Commission for approval next month.
Aldi currently has a store at 1324 Industrial Road in the Emporia West Plaza shopping center. Last February, Aldi announced a $1.6 billion investment in its stores, with an extensive plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 U.S. stores by 2020. The company says it has seen a 60 percent increase in customers since 2013.