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Aldi planning Rome expansion, planning for 1,600 square foot expansion

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Rome’s Aldi grocery store is looking to expand.

The company will ask for a variance from setback requirements to facilitate expansion into the parking lot behind the Steak ‘n Shake when the Board of Adjustments meets Jan. 18.

According to documents filed with the Rome Floyd County Building Inspection office, Aldi, 836 Turner McCall Blvd., is asking to add 1,607 square feet to the building. The paperwork states Aldi needs the additional space to, “increase sales and better serve the community.”

Aldi Manager Chris Harris said Wednesday that he has not been made aware of any of the specifics related to plans for the expansion. He did say that he did not anticipate construction to begin until sometime early this summer.

The store currently occupies 17,018 square feet. The revised footprint calls for 18,625 square feet of retail space.

The addition does not run the full depth of the building which would have encroached on the road that services the rear of the buildings in the Village Shopping Center. The company needs variances from both side and rear setback requirements to build the addition.

Aldi opened the Rome store in August 2014.