Aldi VP confirms grocer plans to move into Northland Plaza in DeKalb
DeKALB – An Aldi official confirmed Friday that the grocer is hoping to move into Northland Plaza Shopping Center soon.
“We look forward to bringing an Aldi to the Northland Plaza Shopping Center in DeKalb in mid-2019,” Laura Branneman, the vice president Aldi’s Batavia Division, said via email.
The mall’s representatives have been tight-lipped as to which clients it’s hoping to bring in. A national fitness center is the other future tenant.
The DeKalb Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday unanimously recommended that the City Council add a grocer and a fitness center to the type of tenants allowed in the plaza.
The city’s principal planner and liaison to the commission, along with the plaza’s lawyer, Mark Nora, said at the meeting that the businesses’ names would not yet be made public.
Aldi is currently across the street at 2569 Sycamore Road, and its plan to move into a bigger space has been the subject of rumors for more than a year. Aldi officials have consistently played their cards to their chest, until Friday afternoon.
The plaza’s owners also want to install a pylon sign along Sycamore Road at the north entrance of the plaza, next to Egg Haven and Panera Bread; and approve a plat of re-subdivision for the northeast section of the property, where the fitness center would be located to provide patrons with direct access to Sycamore Road.
Aldi and the fitness center will take up the two empty panels on the existing pylon sign at Barber Greene Road and Sycamore Road. The pylon sign will be designated for tenants at the back of the plaza only, which Olson said in some cases is more than 800 feet from the road.
The city now is recommending that the pylon sign be only 30 feet high and 290 square feet wide, with seven panels of space for tenants. The original proposal indicated the sign would be 41 feet high.
• Daily Chronicle reporter Kelsey Rettke contributed to this report.