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Aldi aims to open grocery store this year in Penn Daw

ALDI is coming to Penn Daw’s new South Alex development (staff photo by Brandi Bottalico)

Aldi is expected to open a new location in Penn Daw’s South Alex development later this year.

The development by Combined Properties includes 41 townhouses, 400 apartments with ground-floor retail, and the grocery store.

“We are excited to share we plan to open a new Aldi store later this year in Fairfax County,” Jeff Baehr, Aldi’s Vice President of the company’s Frederick Division, said in a statement.

South Alex is located at the intersection of North Kings Highway and Richmond Highway. The area already has a grocery store on Richmond Highway near Hybla Valley.

The project has been on the drawing board for several years after the demolition of the 50-year-old Penn Daw Shopping Center in 2016. A previous deal for a grocer fell through that year after The Fresh Market failed to reach an agreement with the development company.

ALDI, which is a German multinational discount supermarket chain, firmed up plans to open at the development in 2018.

The project is part of a plan to revitalize the area with mixed-use projects and transit-oriented developments. Overall, up to 45,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space is planned on the site — 20,000 of which is taken up by the Aldi lease.