New Aldi store will be part of North Broad mixed-use development site

The affordable grocery store is set to open in 12 to 18 months.

Hadas Kuznits
August 29, 2018 - 7:05 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — North Philadelphia will soon be getting an affordable grocery store, right behind the Divine Lorraine Hotel.

The community around 1300 Fairmount Ave. has long been in need of an area grocery store, and now City Council President Darrell Clarke says they'll soon be getting an Aldi supermarket.

The Aldi will be on the ground floor of a 14-floor, mixed-use development project soon-to-be built. Clarke said the project will complement the residential development at the Divine Lorraine.

"Certain parts of the community in the city have been experiencing, as we call, 'food desert,' where there was not any real access to affordable, healthy food," he said. "We're fortunate enough to have landed the Aldi in a part of the community which has been somewhat underserved."

The developer responsible for the building, RAL Development Services, is housed out of New York City.

The groundbreaking ceremony is expected to take place mid- to late-September, and Clarke predicts the property will be completed in 12 to 18 months.

"This is a great fit and I'm excited that it actually anchors a larger development," he added.