Aldi's on Broadway on hold

July 20, 2011 Updated Jul 20, 2011 at 6:42 AM EDT

By James Fink , Business First

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Aldi's on Broadway on hold

July 20, 2011 Updated Jul 20, 2011 at 6:42 AM EDT


Myriad concerns, some from residents of the Broadway Fillmore district and others about its design, prompted the Buffalo Planning Board to defer any decision concerning a proposed deep discount Aldi supermarket.

The proposed outlet is tentatively being eyed for the former Sattler's site across the Broadway Market.

Among the issues raised during Tuesday morning's meeting with the city planning board was a request to move the 15,500-square-foot store closer to Broadway and shift its parking to behind the building as well as any impact the Aldi's store may have on the struggling Broadway Market. At the earliest, the planning board may reconsider the $1.1 million project in August, but only if its development team submits a revised plan.

Since the plans became public more than one week ago, some city leaders said they are concerned that Aldi's may negatively impact the Broadway Market and its anchor tenant, a Save-A-Lot store.

Save-A-Lot and Aldi are retailing competitors in the deep-discount supermarket business.

Save-A-Lot is the largest renter in the financially fragile Broadway Market. Many feel if the store closed, it would have a negative ripple effect on the Broadway Market, it's tenants and customer base,- mostly made up of residents in the Broadway-Fillmore district.

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