FARGO - Construction is well underway for Fargo’s second ALDI store and a Holiday Stationstore next to it.

The structural steel for the ALDI at 3760 51st Ave. S. is up and the store is now being framed.

Meanwhile, the walls are already up for a Holiday Stationstore at 5168 38th St. S., perhaps 60 yards from the ALDI.

Both stores are in the northwest quadrant of the intersection of Interstate 29 and 52nd Avenue South.

The ALDI is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, according to Matt Lilla, ALDI's Faribault division vice president.

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A permit issued by the city of Fargo in April said that the $2.8 million ALDI would be 19,345 square feet, though about 12,000 square feet of that is retail space. The cost of the parking lot was estimated to be $250,000.

A Holiday Stationstore, seen in this July 23 photo, is under construction at 5168 38th St. S. in Fargo. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)
A Holiday Stationstore, seen in this July 23 photo, is under construction at 5168 38th St. S. in Fargo. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

The Holiday property encompasses 82,216 square feet. The store itself will be 6,415 square feet on the first floor, according to documents filed with the city’s inspections department. The cost of the project was estimated to be $609,424, documents said.

The latest ALDI will be the third in the Fargo-Moorhead area. (The other store is at 833 34th St N, Dilworth) It will be laid out with five aisles like the West Acres area ALDI, with open ceilings, natural lighting and the produce section by the entrance.

ALDI's long-term plan calls for at least one more store in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Lilla said. However, no other locations are currently planned, he said in an emailed response to Forum questions.

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On July 21, U.S. ALDI announced that it topped the 2,000 store mark and was embarking on a wave of coast-to-coast expansion.

ALDI plans to open more than 70 new stores in the U.S. by the end of the year, including four in Arizona, marking its entry into that state, plus a new regional headquarters and distribution center in Loxley, Ala, to serve new stores in southern Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana. Those moves will expand ALDI's presence to 38 states.

In recent years, ALDI has invested more than $5 billion in a multi-year, nationwide growth initiative. ALDI is on track to become the third-largest grocery retailer in the U.S. by store count by the end of 2022.

Holiday Stationstores was acquired by Montreal-based Alimentation Couche-Tard in 2017 and comes under the umbrella of the Circle K international chain of convenience stores.

As of April 26, 2020, Alimentation Couche-Tard’s network included 9,414 convenience stores in North America, including 8,221 dispensing fuel. It has 18 business subsidiaries and employs 109,000 people in North America.

In Europe, Couche-Tard has a broad retail network of 2,710 stores across Scandinavia, Ireland, Poland, the Baltics and Russia. It employes about 22,000 people in Europe.