Sites found just off Lexington Avenue and Interstate 35W have been the target of both Goodwill and Aldi. These Blaine sites may see a new location for both chains open in the near future.
The area they are targeting already has a Fleet Farm store within it and it's only about a quarter-mile from the Wal-Mart, which is currently under construction.
Aldi is looking at a site where they would build near the Fleet Farm on Lexington Avenue, while Goodwill is looking at a site closer to Ball Road.
The Blaine City Council addressed proposals at the May 7th meeting and the Blaine Planning Commission has already made unanimous recommendations for approval of conditional use permits and preliminary plans for both sites. The plans do have area residents concerned due to the heavier traffic already experienced with Fleet Farm opening in the area.
The Goodwill store was the project up mainly discussed at the recent meeting. This project will include the Hupp Street intersection becoming a roundabout with closed access to the south side of Ball Road. It would also make Ghia and Fraizer streets' access to ball round only right-in and right-out.
The Goodwill store is expected to be a similar size to the other location in Blaine. It will have a vehicle bay for donations and an area for a semi-trailer on-site for donated goods to be shipped to the St. Paul location for recycling if they are not good enough to be re-sold.
The Aldi Grocery store wasn't discussed as much. The only thing really discussed was the business hours, which are expected to be from 9am to 8pm daily.
Both project will be discussed more at upcoming meetings and will be finalized before construction begins. Expect to see construction start on both of these stores soon.