Aldi's buys lot for East Side Buffalo store

April 4, 2012 Updated Apr 4, 2012 at 8:44 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

April 4, 2012 Updated Apr 4, 2012 at 8:44 AM EDT

Deep-discount supermarket chain Aldi Inc., has taken another step towards building its retail outlet in Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore district.

Aldi's, according to documents filed in the Erie County Clerk's office, has paid $275,000 for a portion of the former Sattler's Department Store flagship location at 998 Broadway. Aldi bought its portion of the property from the Citadel Group of Frederick, Md. The parcel is vacant.

Since last summer, Aldi has been working with Buffalo officials on its plans to construct a 15,390-square-foot supermarket. Aldi plans on investing $1.1 million on the project.

Initially, the project met with stiff neighborhood opposition, citing concerns about the impact an Aldi location would have on the Broadway Market and its anchor tenant Save-A-Lot supermarket.

Ultimately, the project was approved by the Buffalo Planning Board and other city departments.

The new supermarket is slated to open this summer.

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