By CRAIG FREILICH
POTSDAM -- Grocery and variety retailer Aldi is about to begin construction on a new $1.5 million store on US Rt. 11 across from Walmart.
Aaron Sumida, Aldi division vice president, said they are about to begin construction “for a late summer opening” on the lot between Tractor Supply and Mahoney’s Auto Mall.
The site is secured and construction starts the week of April 8, Sumida said. Patriot Enterprises from Cazenovia is the general contractor for the development. Pat Doneghan of Watertown owns the lot, as well as the Tractor Supply lot.
“The new Potsdam location was chosen because of population density, proximity to competition, cost of the property and traffic patterns,” Sumida said. As to the proximity to Walmart, he said “We want to be conveniently based.”
Sumida said no arrangements for tax incentives or low-cost loans have been made with the town to help lure Aldi.
Sumida said a typical Aldi store employs 8 to 10 people.
An international retailer, Aldi has 1,000 stores in 31 U.S. states, including outlets in Massena and Ogdensburg.