The exterior of Aldi is
seen Monday afternoon in West Bend. The grocery store on
Main Street is looking to expand behind the current
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
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