Williamsburg Planning Commission OKs Richmond Road Aldi

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Aldi plans to open a location at the former site of the Governor Spottswood Motel (Ian Brickey/WYDaily)
Aldi plans to open a location at the former site of the Governor Spottswood Motel (Ian Brickey/WYDaily)

A plan to build a discount grocery store in the City of Williamsburg appears to be a done deal.

The Williamsburg Planning Commission approved a site plan Wednesday for a proposed Aldi grocery franchise at the former site of the Governor Spottswood Motel at 1508 Richmond Road.

With the site plan approved, Deputy Planning Director Carolyn Murphy said the only remaining steps are for the German-based corporation to acquire building and land disturbance permits from the city.

“It’s basically a city staff and administrative process at this point,” she said.

The approved plan divides the 6.5 acre site into three parcels — two adjacent to Richmond Road and one set back from the street, where the supermarket will be located.

Because the proposed Aldi site is not located on Richmond Road, it is not subject to approval by the Architectural Board. The other two parcels will be within the ARB’s purview.

The other two parcels could be leased to other businesses in the future.

(Courtesy City of Williamsburg)
(Courtesy City of Williamsburg)

The supermarket site will have traffic access from Richmond Road to the north, and a new entrance will be constructed to allow access from Ironbound Road to the west.

In May, Bobby Singley of RJS & Associates, the firm handling the property sale, said Aldi hopes to close on the sale by the end of July.

The most recent city assessment valued the site at $2.4 million.

Aldi Director of Real Estate Josh Walls said the company had been interested in opening a Williamsburg location for several years.

When construction is completed, Aldi will be the third grocery store located in the city, along with Food Lion in the Williamsburg Shopping Center and Harris Teeter at Quarterpath Crossing.

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