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About a year ago, Aldi announced plans to develop the former Fire Mountain Restaurant on the Carlisle Pike into its newest Cumberland County grocery store.

The Silver Spring Township restaurant had closed in March 2016 after its owner, Ovation Brands Inc., filed for bankruptcy.

In choosing to locate the store on the pike, Jeff Baehr, Aldi Frederick Division vice president, said the company looked at factors including population density, proximity to competition, cost of property and traffic patterns. The top priority, though, is that the store is conveniently located for customers

Baehr expected the store to employ 15-20 people.

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. It will serve an estimated 100 million customers per month.

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

Where it stands

Baehr confirmed that the store is slated to open by the end of 2019.

“We will reach out with additional details closer to the grand opening date. We look forward to joining the Mechanicsburg community and bringing shoppers the highest-quality groceries at affordable prices,” he said.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.