Construction is underway in Fairview Heights where Aldi is expected to open its ninth location in the metro-east early next year.
Fairview Heights Economic Development Director Paul Ellis confirmed the grocery chain’s plans to open a store at Lincoln Place Shopping Center along busy Illinois 159, in the former hhgregg location.
Hhgregg, the bankrupt electronics retailer, vacated the same storefront in 2017. Famous Footwear recently closed in the same shopping complex, leaving space for new retailers to come in.
The new Aldi store is expected to open in January or February, Ellis said. Others are located in Granite City, Cahokia, O’Fallon, Swansea, Wood River, Glen Carbon, Alton and Collinsville.
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“It’s going to be a great addition to the community and to our retail mix,” Ellis said Friday as construction crews worked inside of the former hhgregg. “It continues our strategy to attract more grocery retail and we have more leases in the works right now.”
Ellis said the community can expect to hear more about new retailers coming to Fairview Heights in the coming weeks. The discount grocery-chain Ruler Foods moved into town less than a year ago.