Aldi gets key approval to build next to Glendale Pick ‘n Save as the grocery chain continues expansion
Aldi has ambitious plans for its format of smaller, convenient grocery stores. (Photo: Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) Buy Photo
GLENDALE – The developer who wants to build an Aldi grocery store and an Associated Bank on Nicolet High School’s upper field property received a key approval from city officials on Monday, June 11.
The developer, ICAP Development, plans to build a 22,000-square-foot Aldi grocery store on the north side of Nicolet’s upper field property, just south of the Pick ‘n Save grocery store at 6969 N. Port Washington Road. ICAP plans to build a 2,900-square-foot Associated Bank branch with drive-thru lanes on the far south side of the upper field property.
ICAP managing partner Brian Adamson said he plans to begin construction in fall, with an opening slated for 2019.
As part of the construction, ICAP plans to regrade the upper field property, raising the elevation of the land by 6 to 9 feet. Adamson said the property will be roughly the same height as Port Washington Road.
The Glendale Common Council voted 5-1 to rezone the field property and approve a preliminary development agreement.
Voting against the rezoning proposal was Alderwoman JoAnn Shaw, who questioned why Aldi wants to build a store directly south of Pick ‘n Save.
Tom Howald, director of real estate in Aldi’s Oak Creek office, did not elaborate on the store’s decision to build next to the Pick ‘n Save, but said he has conducted significant market research on the site since he first reviewed the project three years ago.
“We are aware of the market, and it is a pursuable market for Aldi,” he said.
During the public hearing, Glendale resident Robin Cohn said she plans to start her grocery outings at Aldi for the cheaper prices, and then head next door to Pick ‘n Save for the items that Aldi doesn’t carry.
“You’re right that you do have cross-shopping, and we know that,” Howald said. “That’s why we locate as close to our competition as we can.”
Aldi’s strategy of locating next to other grocery stores was discussed by real estate experts interviewed in a recent Journal Sentinel article. In that article, Burt P. Flickinger III, managing director of New York City-based Strategic Resource Group, said the relationship between the two grocery stores can be mutually beneficial because it will draw frugal shoppers to the same area.
Second phase in the works
ICAP is also planning a second phase of construction on the upper field property. Adamson said ICAP plans to build two other buildings between the Aldi and Associated Bank building, which he foresees being a mix of commercial uses.
“Potentially office, potentially medical, potentially retail,” he said.
A developer has proposed building an Aldi grocery store and Associated Bank on Nicolet High School’s upper field property just south of the Pick ‘n Save shopping center at 6969 N. Port Washington Road. (Photo: Pinnacle Engineering Group)
Glendale aldermen agreed to include an amendment in the preliminary development agreement that would require ICAP to submit its Phase 2 plans by the end of 2019.
When ICAP and Nicolet close on the land deal, Nicolet is expected to use a portion of the proceeds to reimburse Glendale for the $1.2 million it fronted for Nicolet’s locker rooms, bathrooms and athletic storage in the community building at Richard E. Maslowski Glendale Community Park.
The remainder of the land sale proceeds would go toward the first phase of Nicolet’s athletic facilities renovation plan, which includes a new tennis complex, new football field and new track at the high school campus.
Tunnel will close
The development of the upper field will also lead to the closure of the tunnel that runs underneath I-43 between Nicolet High School and the upper field campus.
Adamson said the elimination of the tunnel was a pre-existing condition when he offered to purchase the upper field property from Nicolet.
The tunnel is owned by the state Department of Transportation and maintained by Nicolet, according to Glendale City Administrator Rachel Reiss. Because Nicolet would no longer own the property, Reiss said the DOT added the tunnel-filling job onto the Green Tree Road bridge project.
Liz Wells, the bridge replacement project leader, said the DOT will fill the tunnel after the land sale closes and a construction permit has been filed.
A DOT representative told Reiss it would cost $1.7 million to rebuild the tunnel during the planned reconstruction of I-43, which is on hold until further notice, according to a DOT spokesperson.
Alderpersons Tomika Vukovic and Steve Schmelzling said city officials should have been informed earlier about the possible closure of the tunnel.The developer who wants to build an Aldi and an Associated Bank on Nicolet High School's upper field received rezoning approval from Glendale.
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