Aldi store could get 2,440-square-foot addition

By McLean Bennett

March 5, 2019

The exterior of Aldi is seen Monday afternoon in West Bend. The grocery store on Main Street is looking to expand behind the current building.
John Ehlke/Daily News

WEST BEND — A West Bend grocer could expand if the city’s Plan Commission tonight green-lights a proposed 2,440-square-foot addition at Aldi.

City staff have already recommended approving the construction project, so long as a few conditions are met, according to commission documents.

The Common Council would have to agree to rezone part of the property, and the state would have to approve the development before contractors could pull construction permits.

But Jim Reinke, West Bend’s business and development planner, said he sees no reason construction on the small expansion plan couldn’t kick off soon.

“It should happen, I would say probably by spring of this year, that they’ll be breaking ground would be my guess,” Reinke said Monday afternoon.

Reinke said he wasn’t certain what the added space would be used for, and he directed some inquiries to officials with Aldi or the project’s design team. Efforts Monday to reach those officials weren’t immediately successful.

The project would involve adding space to the grocery store’s back, or west side. Workers would tear down two small storage buildings behind the store, according to a Plan Commission memo, but the project isn’t expected to alter the building’s parking lot or access.

The memo notes approval of the plan could depend on a few conditions, including submission of additional planning documents for stormwater management, as well as the city’s rezoning agreement.

Plan commissioners were expected to meet at 6 p.m. tonight inside City Hall’s Council Chambers to discuss and give approvals to parts of the project. Reinke said elected city leaders could approve a rezone later this month.