FARGO - The Fargo city Inspections Department recently issued ALDI Inc. a permit to build its second store in the city and what would be the third in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area.

The permit was issued April 21 for a $2.8 million grocery store at 3760 51st Ave. S. The store will be a single floor 19,345-square-foot structure, the permit said.

A permit for a $250,000 parking lot was issued earlier for the same address.

The contractor for the store is listed as Dalo Construction, an Ohio-based firm.

Construction must start within 180 days of issuance of a permit.

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An ALDI spokesman issued a brief statement following an inquiry by The Forum.

“We are excited to confirm that we are planning to open a new ALDI store in Fargo,” said Matt Lilla, Faribault division vice president.

Lilla offered no further details.

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Fargo’s first ALDI at 4305 13th Ave. S., near the West Acres mall, opened in June 2019.

The company built its first store in the area at 833 34th St. N., in Dilworth in November 2017.

ALDI officials confirmed the firm would open the second Fargo store even before its first store opened here, but have said little since.

At the time of the first Fargo store opening, Lilla said the store was part of an aggressive $3.4 billion expansion and renovation plan. ALDI intends to have 2,500 stores in the U.S. by 2022, he said.

Aldi - short for Albrecht Discount - was first opened in Essen, Germany, by Anna Albrecht in 1913, before being taken over and expanded by her sons Theo and Karl in 1948 as Albrecht Discount stores, according to Business Insider.

The name of the growing corporation was shortened to ALDI in the early 1960s.

ALDI opened its first store in American in Iowa in 1976.

In 1979, Theo Albrecht purchased the Trader Joe's chain, Business Insider reports.