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Former Maywood Aldi Could Become New Food Retailer, Says Trustee

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Rev. Jesse Jackson, Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins and other local elected officials and community leaders during a Dec. 21, 2016 press conference held before the Aldi in Maywood closed on Christmas Eve. | File

The former Maywood Aldi — the full-service grocery store, located at 215 W. Madison St., which closed last December — could open its doors to another food retailer, according to a village official.

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Remodeled Broadview Aldi a Hit With Shoppers

Thursday, September 14, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Shoppers stand in the rain before the grand reopening of the Broadview Aldi on Sept. 13. | Michael Romain/VFP

Terri Sansone, of Forest Park, was in line at around 6 a.m. on Wednesday to catch a glimpse of the newly remodeled Broadview Aldi, 1001 W. Cermak Rd. The Sept. 13 grand reopening lured patrons from around the western suburbs.

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Remodeled Broadview Aldi to Reopen on Sept. 13, Now Hiring

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

The Broadview Aldi, located at 1001 Cermak Rd., will open its doors for the first time on Wednesday since undergoing extensive renovations.

The store renovations are part of Aldi’s national plan to invest $1.6 billion in improving and expanding more than 1,300 stores in the United States within three years. Roughly $180 million of that national investment will go into 130 stores in the Chicago area.

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Aldi to Spend $180M Remodeling Most Chicago Area Stores

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A remodeled Aldi store | Crain’s Chicago Business | Below: The redesigned Aldi in Virginia | Business Insider/Hayley Peterson

Aldi redesign.jpgThursday, May 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

According to a May 16 Chicago Tribune report, “Aldi, one of the fastest growing grocery chains in the U.S., plans to spend about $180 million remodeling 130 of its 150 Chicago-area stores by 2020 — part of a broader effort to move its no-frills model into modern times.”

The remodel positions the grocery chain to compete with high-end chains like Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s. Aldi is also looking to build 400 new stores by 2020, going from 1,600 to 2,000, the Tribune reports.

“We’re becoming more and more mainstream with more customers,” Aldi U.S. CEO Jason Hart told Crain’s in February. “We’ve got older stores. We need to get up to date.”

Bellwood, Broadview and Melrose Park each have an Aldi location. Last December, the Aldi located in Maywood (the village’s only full-service grocery store), closed due to high property taxes and lagging sales, according to company officials.

So far, there’s been no word on whether the Bellwood, Broadview and Melrose Park Aldi locations will be included in the $180 million Chicago area remodeling effort. Attempts to contact company officials were unsuccessful.

For an idea of what the remodeled stores will look like, refer to a redesigned Aldi that opened on Montrose Avenue in Chicago in April.

According to a report on the store opening in the Daily Herald, “Remodeled stores will also get a more modern design, open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials, such as recycled materials, energy-saving refrigeration and LED lighting.”

And last October, Aldi debuted a newly designed store in Richmond, Virginia that Business Insider said “looks almost identical to Whole Foods’ new cheaper chain of stores called 365 by Whole Foods.”

“The Aldi store has softer lighting than its older stores, as well as a larger fresh produce section, wider aisles, and electronic displays on the walls.” VFP

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A Grocery Store Looks to Open Inside Former Maywood Market

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The former Maywood Market, located at 615 S. 5th Ave., which closed in 2011. | Google Earth

Thursday, April 27, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Less than six months after Aldi — Maywood’s only full-service grocery store — closed, another grocer is looking to move into the village.

Ali Hamden, an entrepreneur who has owned and operated a range of different businesses over the last 25 years, is looking to open a grocery store, Save More Fresh Market, inside of the building that once housed the former Maywood Market, located at 615 S. 5th Ave. Maywood Market closed in 2011 after fewer than two years in operation.

Unlike Aldi, the Germany-based international discount grocery store that closed its Maywood location at 215 Madison Street in December, Hamden is an independent entity who, since 1988, has owned and operated a 7-Eleven, a string of neighborhood grocers and two gas stations.

He also buys, fixes, and either holds or re-sells single family homes, multifamily buildings and commercial properties. Hamden, who owns AH Group, is currently in negotiations to open a Save-A-Lot grocery store in the Chicago area and a 15,000-square-foot Save More Fresh Market grocery store in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

According to a letter of intent filed in January, Hamden has offered to pay $400,000 for the 22,000 square foot building, which is located on a roughly 61,000 square foot paved lot. Maywood owns both the building and the lot.

The Pearson Realty Group, the village’s contracted broker, suggested that the building and lot be listed at $595,000 and estimated that they could probably fetch between $505,000 and $545,000 in a final sale.

At an April 26 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, Hamden said that his offer “only reflects the fact that we have been through [the building] only once.” He said he didn’t know the condition of the roof. Hamden’s letter of intent states that his offer “reflects the fact that significant electrical repairs need to be made.”

This year, the village budgeted $30,000 to maintain the former Maywood Market. In the past, village officials have reported on numerous acts of vandalism that have taken place on the premises.

Hamden is asking for a Class 8 tax abatement, which would significantly lower the amount that he pays in property taxes on the store and surrounding lot each year. According to village data, the taxes owed on the facility and the lot totaled over $230,000 in 2013. A Class 8 incentive would have lowered that amount to around $87,000.

Hamden estimates that the village could realize $60,000 a year in property tax revenue and $40,000 a year in sales tax revenue, which would total around $1.6 million over 10 years.

According to preliminary projections provided by Hamden, Save More Fresh Market could generate between $3 million and $4.7 million in sales revenue each year. Hamden said that he’ll utilize all of the square footage that was utilized by Maywood Market, including the bakery and hot food areas.

In addition, Hamden said, his store will produce its own brand of specialized products that will sell in both the Maywood and Uptown stores.

“This will give us a good opportunity to compete with big stores around us,” Hamden said. “I’m looking for a bigger facility. We need a warehouse and want an easier way to operate trucks. We’ll have a full line of meat, produce, grocery and non-grocery items. We will not sell liquor or tobacco. We are strictly a supermarket for the community.”

Hamden’s AH Group had secured a loan of up to $700,000 from Chicago Bridge Loan, which would be used to finance the acquisition of the property.

Hamden isn’t the only prospect that has been attracted to the former Maywood Market.

In an interview earlier this year, Village Manager Willie Norfleet Jr., said that roughly three other suitors had expressed interest in the property, including EATS Groceries owner Thom Alcazar, who describes EATS as a “concierge-type shopping experience.”

In an interview in February, Alcazar said that the majority of EATS would be warehouse space, with customers making orders from kiosks or from their homes or businesses, since EATS would also entail delivering groceries to various locations. At the time, however, Alcazar had not made an offer on the Maywood property.

After Wednesday’s LLOC meeting, village board members went into executive session to discuss Hamden’s offer. The negotiations between the village and Hamden are ongoing. VFP

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Breaking: Aldi Releases Preliminary Shuttle Service Schedule for Customers

aldiThursday, December 22, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Aldi, which earlier this month announced plans to close its Maywood location on Dec. 24, released a preliminary shuttle schedule today. After talks with Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), Aldi officials agreed to offer the shuttle service for residents without transportation who may have relied on the Madison Street location, the village’s only full-service grocery store, for fresh fruits, vegetables and other food.

Aldi officials said that they will modify the schedule after the first two weeks, if necessary.

  • Monday, Dec. 26 ||  10 a.m. departure time from Maywood Aldi to Bellwood Aldi
  • Thursday, Dec. 29 || 10 a.m. departure time from Maywood Aldi to Bellwood Aldi
  • Saturday, Dec. 31 || 10 a.m. departure time from Maywood Aldi to Bellwood Aldi
  • Monday, Jan. 2 || 10 a.m. departure time from Maywood Aldi to Bellwood Aldi
  • Thursday, Jan. 5 || 10 a.m. departure time from Maywood Aldi to Bellwood Aldi
  • Saturday, Jan. 10 || 10 a.m. departure time from Maywood Aldi to Bellwood Aldi

Other pertinent details:

  • Shuttle bus seats 24 passengers
  • Shuttle will arrive at 9:45 a.m. to the Maywood Aldi parking lot
  • Shuttle will drive directly to the Aldi in Bellwood at 10AM
  • The driver will wait in the parking lot for 45 minutes to an hour, or as soon as everyone has completed their shopping.
  • The driver will account for all passengers before departure
  • Shuttle returns directly to Aldi Maywood

Aldi officials have said that the above schedule is for the next two weeks, “which will allow us to have time to gauge if this is the right schedule, vehicle, etc.” VFP

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Maywood Aldi Closing A Done Deal, But Officials Have Made Concessions

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Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., with Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin and Congressman Danny K. Davis, among other community members, outside of the Maywood Aldi on Madison Street. | Michael Romain/VFP

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 12/22/16

Despite a vigorous push to keep the store open, a group of village officials and elected leaders have resigned themselves to the reality that the Maywood Aldi, 216 Madison St., will close on Dec. 24. Company executives announced the news earlier this month.

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), who convened a Wednesday afternoon press conference outside of the store, said that, during meetings held earlier this week, Aldi executives gave two main reasons for the store’s closing.

“The first reason is because this store is the least shopped store in Cook County,” Boykin said. “[Aldi] has over 160 stores in the Chicagoland area. [There’s been a] downward trend in terms of the number of shoppers at this store over the last 10 years.”

Boykin said the other main reason Aldi gave for leaving is because of rising property taxes.

“Property taxes, at this location, have increased 80 percent over the last six years,” he said. “So, the combination of low shopper rate, high property taxes and high sales taxes makes it untenable to do business here in Maywood.”

When asked why it decided to close on Christmas Eve, Boykin explained that Aldi officials were thinking about the work schedules of its employees.

“Whenever you close a store it’s never easy,” Boykin said. “But they said it’s the fourth quarter. In 2017, they want to start anew and fresh, so the timing is kind of awkward. But they also indicated that they wanted to give their employees a chance to have a bit of a vacation.”

Boykin said that county officials “would do well to heed this trend [of business leaving the village],” before referencing Corbin Colonial Funeral Chapel, located at 1001 Madison St., which closed its doors roughly a decade ago because of the village’s high property taxes.

It was previously reported that, according to village officials, Aldi received a Class 8 property tax incentive. But based on a recent communication with an Aldi official and Cook County records, the company didn’t receive any property tax exemptions. According to county records, the 2015 first and second installment tax bills for the Maywood Aldi totaled nearly $150,000

In a 2009 West Suburban Journal article, Corbin Colonial’s owner estimated that his 2008 second installment property taxes were $110,000.

“We have to figure out a way to make sure that the county is competitive and that we’re attracting business here and in Maywood,” Boykin said.

Rev. Marvin E. Wiley, pastor of Rock of Ages Baptist Church, 1309 Madison St. in Maywood, said that the problem with taxes also rises to the state level.

“The taxes in Maywood are high,” Wiley said. “I think the problem is state government and we need to talk to the governor, who came out and said that he was concerned about Maywood. We need to talk to him about lowering the taxes in Maywood — if only for three years — to try to bring in businesses […] If you don’t’ lower the taxes, other businesses are going to go.”

Boykin said that he was able to negotiate a three-pronged agreement with Aldi. The company, he said, has agreed to provide free shuttle service to nearby Aldi stores for shoppers who relied on the Maywood store. The details of the transportation arrangement, Boykin said, will be hammered out in the days ahead.

Aldi also agreed to lift any restrictions on the sale of the store, which it owns, to another grocer that may be interested in moving in; and that no jobs will be lost because of the closing.

Thirdly, Boykin added, employees at the Maywood store have been notified that they will be transferred to other stores in the area.

During the Dec. 21 press conference, village officials explained that they’re looking beyond Aldi to other prospective development projects. Boykin said that, according to Aldi executives, there may be another grocer looking to seize the soon-to-be-vacant property. Village officials agreed, adding that the grocer is among other developers that are knocking on the door.

“I would like to ensure all of Maywood that I’m working around the clock to improve the goods and services of this village,” said Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins.

“Currently, we’re looking at adding businesses and are in talks with grocers and manufacturers who are interested in making their products in our village and the surrounding consumer trade area,” she said. “We’re looking forward to adding many additional businesses to our village.”

Maywood Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr. said that he considers Aldi’s exit an opportunity.

“It’s always disheartening when you lose a service, but the right posture is to get back up, snap out of it and seek another alternative,” Norfleet said. “We need to begin recruiting somebody to come in and not just limit ourselves to one company. We need to find another way to get those services back. Sometimes, you can get something a bit better if you don’t lock yourself in for somebody who wants to leave.”

U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (7th), who said he frequents Aldi, said that the Maywood Aldi’s exit is part of a larger narrative of economic change happening across the country.

“When people moved out here there were jobs everywhere, but many of those jobs have left urban America,” he said, adding that the expansion of expressways into far-away that allow people to travel to and from, and live in, faraway suburbs puts inner-ring suburbs like Maywood in a bind when it comes to attracting, and retaining, both customers and the businesses they serve.

“Trying to balance a budget, especially if you’re not getting much in the way of commercial tax revenue, is hard,” Davis said. “It’s hard to keep a community going.”

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. said that Aldi’s exit from Maywood, where it’s been located since 1992, is part of a more insidious pattern.

“I saw them leave 87th Street (in Chicago), I saw them leave Peoria and now Maywood,” Jackson said. “It looks as if they’re expanding, generally, but moving away from black communities. We find that pattern unacceptable. And they’re getting tax breaks from the state and county and cities. We need a good social contract with consumers, taxpayers and store owners to share in the benefits of the relationship.” VFP

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misstated the amount of property taxes Aldi was paying on its Maywood location and that the company received tax exemptions. VFP regrets the error.

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