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The former Fire Mountain Restaurant on the Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township will be developed into an Aldi grocery store.

Jeff Baehr, Aldi Frederick Division vice president, said the company is in the “very beginning” stages of the project to open its first Mechanicsburg store in 2019. Specific dates and details about the store are not available, nor are construction plans.

“At this time, our plans for the site are not solidified,” Baehr said.

The Fire Mountain Restaurant closed in March 2016 after its owner, Ovation Brands Inc., filed for bankruptcy.

When choosing store locations, Aldi looks at factors including population density, proximity to competition, cost of property and traffic patterns.

“Our top priority is being conveniently located for our customers. We look forward to introducing the Mechanicsburg community to the Aldi shopping experience,” Baehr said.

Baehr said details on hiring events for the store are yet available, but local residents are encouraged to check out aldiuscareers.com and the Careers At Aldi Facebook page for upcoming hiring events.

“Aldi streamlines its approach to staffing, creating cost-saving efficiencies that are passed on to customers. Each store, including our upcoming Mechanicsburg store, employs about 15 to 20 people,” he said.

The Mechanicsburg location is part of a growth plan at Aldi, which is investing $3.4 billion to expand to 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022. The added stores will make Aldi the third largest grocery store by count in the country, and serve 100 million customers per month.

Aldi recently renovated its Carlisle store on Westminster Drive. Other Aldi stores in Cumberland County are at the Shippensburg Shopping Center and in Lower Allen Township at 3437 Simpson Ferry Road.

Email Tammie at tgitt@cumberlink.com. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.