Lewis says ALDI in Jasper ‘not a done deal’ just yet

By NICOLE SMITH Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 6/2/16

Despite social media hype this week, the potential deal for Jasper to open an ALDI grocery store in the coming months isn’t finalized.

Linda Lewis, president of the Chamber of Commerce of …

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Lewis says ALDI in Jasper ‘not a done deal’ just yet

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Despite social media hype this week, the potential deal for Jasper to open an ALDI grocery store in the coming months isn’t finalized.

Linda Lewis, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, said a contract hasn’t been signed to bring the popular discount grocer to Jasper.

In a statement to the Eagle, Lewis said: “Even though we are confident this project will move forward, the recent announcement on social media was premature and was not an official release. The Chamber, along with Retail Strategies, continue to work with ALDI and the city to finalize this project. Details are being worked out, and it is anticipated that final plans will be completed by mid-summer.”

If the deal becomes official, ALDI is said to be located off Walston Bridge Road and Highway 78 in Jasper.

Lewis did say, however, that Jasper will soon be opening a Mattress Firm, which is currently under construction next to Advance Auto Parts in Jasper.

Lewis said the new business will open later this year and create eight to 10 jobs.

The store will stock a large variety of mattress brands and offer special financing options.

Jasper’s new Holiday Inn Express opened this week at Industrial Parkway, beside Hampton Inn.

According to Holiday Inn Express’ website, the hotel has 71 non-smoking rooms, a business center, outdoor pool, 24-hour market for necessities and fitness center. Hotel amenities include free high speed wireless Internet, a breakfast buffet and self-laundry facility.

“The Chamber will continue to partner and recruit new-to-the-market retail businesses that will significantly increase local sales tax revenue, help prevent the need for residents to shop outside the community, create jobs for area residents to reduce the local unemployment rate and ensure a stable economic base,” Lewis said.