German supermarket chain Aldi is well on its way to completing construction soon on its new store at 500 Lincoln St., across Lincoln Street from Lincoln Plaza, on the site of the former Holiday Inn & Conference Centre.
Aldi has leased 2.25 acres at the corner of Lincoln & Country Club Boulevard for its new 16,650-square-foot supermarket; there are an additional 8 acres of land available in what will become Worcester’s newest shopping plaza.
Plans are also underway to open an Aldi market in Leominster. Currently the closest Aldi is located in Milford, and one was also recently built in Hadley.
Like rival Price Rite (which has locations on Gold Star Boulevard and Southbridge Street), Aldi offers a smaller range of brands at prices that usually beat those of other chain supermarkets.
I have no firm date yet when they might open here in Worcester — if you have some inside information, please pass it along. Word has it that we’ll see a grand opening later this spring. I’ll post a quick review of the place when it finally opens.
Time will tell whether Aldi fares well in Worcester. They’ve certainly chosen a good location, since the Lincoln St. area doesn’t yet have any other comparable discount grocers. The only other nearby supermarket options are the very pricey Stop & Shop across the street, or the very limited grocery offerings at Target.