WHITEWATER — The city of Whitewater could once again have a stand-alone, full service grocery store after news today that Aldi has submitted plans for a west side store.

“It’s no secret that the City of Whitewater and its taxpayers, residents, and shoppers have been pleading for additional grocery options since Sentry closed its doors in December 2015,” wrote city manager John Weidl in a news release.

Since the closing of Sentry, residents have either shopped at the Walmart Supercenter or traveled to nearby cities such as Janesville or Fort Atkinson.

The ALDI proposed location is the current site of Hawk Bowl and Hawk Apartments at 1380 and 1398 West Main Street.

The City of Whitewater’s Plan & Architectural Review Commission will conduct site plan review at their next meeting on May 8, 2023, and vote on the proposal. The site plan review is the only procedural matter ALDI must go through to receive clearance to build.

Support from the city of Whitewater will include tax increment financing for cleaning up environmental contamination on the site, specifically, asbestos.

“I can assure you that the City government is redirecting its efforts towards this vital community need and has been for several months,” Weidl said.

The cost of the project is estimated to be about $4 million.

By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak of Janesville is founder of the Janesville News Report