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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 3, 2011

City announces plans to construct grocery store at 39th and Prospect

City of Kansas City, Mo., Third District Councilman Jermaine Reed and Third District Councilwoman Melba Curls joined representatives from ALDI Inc., the TIF Commission and the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council to announce construction plans for a new ALDI grocery store at the intersection of 39th Street and Prospect Avenue at a press conference Nov. 3. The new project is part of the 39th and Prospect TIF Plan.

The grocery store is part of Project Area 1 of the TIF plan, which was passed by the City Council in December 2006. It will include the construction of a 16,500 square foot ALDI grocery store along with a surface parking lot. The project will cost an estimated $5 million and create 13 new jobs. The developer anticipates that construction will start in winter 2011 and be completed by summer 2012.

“This grocery store will help families who have had to walk or ride the bus more than a mile outside of their neighborhood to find a large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Councilman Reed. “It has been a long time coming, but I’m excited that residents will finally have access to better food options right on Prospect.”

According to the company website, ALDI eliminates overhead costs by offering smart, efficient practices, such as a cart deposit system, through which shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart and receive the quarter back upon the cart’s return. Other cost-saving practices include a smaller store footprint, open carton displays and encouragement of customers to bring their own shopping bags. ALDI has more than 1,100 U.S. stores located in 31 states, primarily from Kansas to the East Coast.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Petrina Gooden, aide to Councilman Reed, at 816-513-6513.

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