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Gearing up for Aldi's in Broadway Fillmore

By Eileen Buckley

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Buffalo, NY – Buffalo's city Planning Board has given the thumbs up to build an Aldi's Supermarket across from the Broadway Market.

The board voted five to one Tuesday in favor of the $1.1 million project at 998 Broadway.

Mayor Bryon Brown said he fully supports an Aldi's in the Broadway Fillmore District.

At one time, 998 Broadway was a well known place to shop. It was former the site of Sattler's, one of the largest department stores in the City in the 1950's. It more recent years it was home to a Kmart.

Now Aldi's wants to construct its discount food store at the vacant address.

But some critics are worried an Aldi's would hurt the already ailing Broadway Market. However, Mayor Brown tells WBFO News an Aldi's could actually provide stability to the neighborhood.

"It' sends a very posiitve message that the private sector wants to invest in that part of the City of Buffalo," said Mayor Brown.

There's already a nearby Save-O-Lot. But the Mayor believes Aldi's would provide another shopping option in the Broadway-Fillmore District as well as new jobs.

"I think it should be a positive think. That's kind of why McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's locate across from each other. Because they know that the combination of them in the same area will draw more patrons and they all can well, they all can be very successful," said Mayor Brown.

Prior to Tuesday's Planning Board's vote, there was debate over design concerns of the future supermarket.

Aldi's project manager issue revised blueprints. But critics remain concerned that the store will not fit the tradition look of the Broadway-Fillmore District. The design will be revised again to reduce the number of parking spaces in front of the building.

Aldi's expect to begin construction this summer with plans to open at the end this year or early 2012.