A year after eyeing a site at the Groves shopping center in Wesley Chapel, Aldi is now proposing a 19,000-square-foot grocery store about 3 miles to the southwest in the Cypress Creek Town Center development.
The company filed preliminary plans with Pasco County last week to build the store near the southwest corner of State Road 54 and Wesley Chapel Boulevard, on property with a Lutz address that is owned by the Sierra family's Pasco Ranch Inc.
Aldi, based in Germany, previously announced plans to add 650 stores to its inventory by the end of 2018.
The chain offers 1,400 of the most commonly purchased grocer and household items at discount prices by maintaining low overhead. Shoppers must pay a refundable 25-cent deposit to obtain a cart, buy items from open-carton displays and bring or buy their own bags. The strategy has found favor among seniors on fixed incomes and cost-conscious younger shoppers.
"I'm glad they're coming to Wesley Chapel. We knew they were interested for quite some time. We didn't know exactly where they were going to land,'' said Hope Allen, president and CEO of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce.
Aldi has two stores in west Pasco. The Cypress Creek Town Center store would be its first away from the U.S. 19 corridor in Pasco.
Other recent filings with Pasco County formally identified Chuy's Tex Mex as one of the proposed restaurants for the Cypress Creek Town Center North development on the north side of State Road 56, across from the Tampa Premium Outlets mall. The Texas-based Chuy's has five locations in the Orlando area, but none in the Tampa Bay region.