New construction at the Promenade Shoppes of Suntree has been busily underway the past few weeks. Last February, the plaza, located at 6451 N. Wickham Road, underwent a major overhaul when its northern half was cleared to make room for new construction of an ALDI grocery store.
The framework of the building, with its prominent storefront design, officially announces a soon-to-be ALDI presence in Suntree.
David Moreton of R.A. Rogers Construction Company is project manager for the new construction.
"We are excited to confirm that construction is underway for the new Melbourne store, which will now open next year," Rachel Fuchs, associate for media relations for ALDI, wrote in an email. "We look forward to expanding our footprint in the area in 2021."
"Construction should be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2021," said Ron Robbins, CCIM and a founding member of Cornerstone Commercial Associates, LLC.
Melissa Storms, front house manager at New York Pizza and Pasta Café, which is also located in the Promenade Shoppes of Suntree, agrees that the new ALDI will bring more traffic.
"We’re excited," Storms said. "We think it’s going to be great for business."
"It’s going up quick," she added. "Originally, I heard it would be finished by March. If they have good weather, it will probably be before that."
The layout of the Suntree store will be similar to other stores since ALDI wants its customers to feel like they are shopping at their local store, Fuchs said,
A typical store is approximately 12,000 square feet of retail space with four to six aisles.
The new ALDI also will bring job opportunities to the Suntree area.
"Each store, including our new Melbourne store, will employ about 15, 20 people," Fuchs wrote.
According to the ALDI website, there are positions for full-time store manager, full-time associate, and part-time cashiers and stockers. The starting pay is $13.10 per hour for associates, cashiers and stockers, and $20 per hour for managers. A high school diploma or GED is preferred for associate, cashier and stocking positions. A managerial position requires a high school diploma, as well as retail experience.
Suntree ALDI employees will work at nearby ALDI stores until the new store is ready to open.
To learn more about working at ALDI and to search current job openings, go to careers.aldi.us.