Aldi is taking steps to open its first grocery store in Tioga County.

The company, based in Germany, operates three units in Broome County with stores in Vestal, Johnson City and Chenango Bridge.

Aldi is proposing a store on Route 17C in the town of Owego. The project was discussed during a town planning board meeting Tuesday night.

Shoppers in the Johnson City Aldi store minutes after it opened on October 29, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Shoppers in the Johnson City Aldi store minutes after it opened on October 29, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Representatives from Aldi attended the session to discuss safety, traffic and parking issues related to the proposed store.

Aldi is seeking permission to demolish the former Treadway Inn conference center and a wing that had been added to the site to construct a 19,600-square-foot store.

The original two-story hotel would be retained. That operation - now branded as Quality Inn & Suites - has 75 rooms.

The Tioga County planning board last week recommended approval of the proposed project.

The Owego town zoning board of appeals has scheduled a public hearing on the project for March 7 at 7 p.m.

Town supervisor Donald Castellucci said the new store would be "good for the community."

The new Aldi store would be located directly across Route 17C from a Grand Union supermarket. If Aldi receives needed local approvals, the store could open by January.

Aldi regional vice president Aaron Sumida declined to comment on the Owego project.

Aldi had sought approval for a store in the town of Owego in the fall of 2017 but that project did not move forward.

FLASHBACK: Shoppers waited for the opening of the Aldi store on Harry L. Drive in Johnson City on October 29, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
FLASHBACK: Shoppers waited for the opening of the Aldi store on Harry L. Drive in Johnson City on October 29, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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