Office of Mayor William Peduto
Statement By Mayor William Peduto on New ALDI Store on Penn Avenue

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 27, 2015) Mayor William Peduto, the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and the citizens and business owners in the Penn Avenue corridor are excited at the news from the ALDI grocery stores chain that it will be opening a new store at 5200 Penn Avenue. The decision was announced this morning by Brent Laubaugh, a vice-president at ALDI's regional headquarters in Saxonburg, Butler County.

Formerly a Bottom Dollar food store, the site has been the focus of much community activity in recent months to bring another high-quality food retailer to the city's East End. The Mayor and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald met in February with ALDI officials and urged them to give the Penn Avenue location serious consideration for a possible third store in the city. ALDI currently operates stores in Pittsburgh on Baum Boulevard and E. Carson Street.

 "The ALDI business model will be a great asset to the residents of Garfield and a number of the neighborhoods surrounding it," Mayor Peduto said. "For folks who want to stretch their grocery dollar, ALDI can be a great place to shop."

In 1987, Penn Avenue saw a Giant Eagle grocery store close, forcing neighborhood residents to travel miles to purchase groceries. For residents without cars and elderly residents, this proved to be a hardship, especially in the winter months.
 
"ALDI said they would work to achieve a positive outcome for the community with this site, no matter what would happen, and they were true to their word," Mayor Peduto said. "Today's announcement is another great example of what happens when Pittsburgh business, neighborhood and our government leaders -- including Executive Fitzgerald and City Councilwoman Deb Gross -- come together to work for the common good."
 
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