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Grocery store clears next hurdle in Pooler

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19,054-square foot Aldi to be near Trader's Way

  • An existing Aldi location. (Special to the Savannah Morning News)

A second international discount supermarket chain is moving ahead with plans to open a location in Pooler.

On Monday, the city’s planning and zoning commission voted to recommend approval of site and landscape plans for a 19,054-square-foot Aldi grocery store on a 2.4-acre lot at the corner of Maxwell Drive and Trader’s Way.

The vote comes some five months after planning commissioners signed off on plans for a 36,170-square-foot Lidl discount supermarket on the other side of Pooler Parkway in the Pooler Marketplace shopping center.

Both supermarket chains are German in origin and offer similar fare at discounted prices, although Aldi has been operating in the U.S. for several years and Lidl is in the midst of the first phase of its expansion into the U.S. Like the Lidl location, however, it appears the Pooler Aldi would be a first in the region.

While the company declined to provide more information on the project, a location map on the company’s U.S. website shows the nearest Aldi locations in northern Florida, coastal South Carolina and metro Atlanta.

“Aldi is currently in the early phases of working with the city of Pooler,” Thom Behtz, vice president of Aldi’s Jefferson division said in a statement Monday. “While we don’t have specifics to share at this time, we will make sure to share any information regarding a grand opening as soon as it becomes available.”

In other business Monday, the Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission:

• Voted to approve the landscape plan for Shepherd Living, an assisted living and memory center proposed for an area off Easthaven Boulevard in the Savannah Quarters community.

• Signed off on a request from Stop N’ Stor to subdivide a parcel of land at the corner of Pooler Parkway and SH Morgan Parkway. The subdivision creates one 3.6-acre lot and another lot about 1 acre in size.

• Recommended approval of a preliminary construction plan from Beazer Homes for phase six of the Hunt Club development. According to city documents, this phase consists of an additional 74 single-family residential lots.

• Approved site and landscape plans for a new retail center at the corner of Benton Boulevard and Foxfield Way. According to a project narrative submitted by applicant NRN Management Inc., the new Pooler Retail Center is slated to house an ice cream shop, convenience store and two additional retail spaces on a 1.1-acre site.

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