New Aldi just the beginning of growth in Grand Blanc Township, officials say

Published: Feb. 27, 2019 at 6:14 PM EST
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(2/27/2019) - A new Aldi grocery store will be opening this fall at the former site of MC Sports, just off Saginaw Street in Grand Blanc Township.

"They're going to expand the building slightly. And so, that's why it's going to take them a couple of months before they can open because they've gotta do some major work," Township Supervisor Scott Bennett said.

He said his team has been working on the project for over the past few years.

"We are talking constantly with developers and businesses and we're on the cusp actually of a couple of large developments," Bennett said. "But it just signals that we have momentum -- that business wants to come here."

They promote what the township has to offer at national shows year-round, but also pay attention to the community's wish list.

Bennett said it includes nearly every restaurant imagineable, from Cracker Barrel to Red Lobster, grocery stores like Trader Joes and Whole Foods, and of course, retailers like Target and TJ Maxx.

"Where they locate is based on rooftops and number of people passing by. What we have to do if we want some of those major retailers, major chains, is increase our traffic counts and our rooftops," he said.

Bennett said that will happen if the developers they've been talking with follow through. For example, the township is establishing the Tech Village Area along Baldwin Road between Saginaw Road and I-75, which would include, homes, offices, retail and restaurants.

"The infrastructure is in the ground here, so when a business wants to come in, we don't have to figure out how to get water and sewer here," Bennett said.

Plus, he said they're also working now on creating the 10 to 20-year master plan, so anyone living in the township should get ready to share their opinion.

"Whether it's recreational opportunities, whether it's retail, tell us where you want that and what types of businesses. So when we look at the next 10 to 20 years, where is that going to go?" Bennett said.