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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — It appears plans are in the works to build what would be Johnson City’s second Aldi grocery store in north Johnson City that could be open by the end of this year.
Local development company Westminster Commons has paid for and submitted a traffic study on the intersection of North Roan and Whitewood Boulevard just north of Indian Trail Middle School. The study was required because the city said under current traffic patterns, a traffic signal wasn’t warranted.
The study shows justification for a traffic light based on a 20,000-square-foot supermarket and an additional 30,000 square feet of retail in a separate building. The development is on a 5.6-acre parcel that has long housed a pad and steel building supports but nothing else.
City officials told News Channel 11 they were told that the supermarket would be an Aldi. The corporation and developer both said they’re not ready to confirm that on the record.
Aldi’s only Johnson City store on West Market Street is just under 17,000 square feet.
The developer would have to pay for the traffic signal at an estimated cost of more than a half million dollars.
WHAT: Johnson City’s second Aldi supermarket with 20,000 square feet of space (pending finalization of deal). Additional commercial building planned on property.
WHERE: North Roan Street and Whitewood Blvd., (just north of Indian Trail Middle School).
WHO: Westminster Commons LLC (developer) and Aldi U.S.
WHEN: Traffic study submitted to City of Johnson City said plans were for completion by end of 2023.
YOUR TAX BENEFIT: Estimated Aldi value $3 million would bring about $43,000 annually combined in city and Washington County property taxes. Significant local option sales tax revenue.