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It appears that this year will see more grocery shopping choices become available for the residents of Bonne Terre and Desloge.
While not confirmed, reliable sources have informed the Daily Journal that both communities will be gaining grocery outlets this year.
Construction has begun on a new Title Max office on the east side of the Unico Bank in Desloge. The current Title Max office, which was left from the old Travel Lodge motel, will be torn down, and that property will become the home of a new Aldi’s grocery store.
While Aldi’s has not issued an official statement regarding the expansion into Desloge, the Daily Journal has learned from well-placed sources that Aldi’s will be coming to the city. It will be the second grocery store in Desloge, along with Walmart. No dates have been given for the start of construction.
At Bonneville Plaza in Bonne Terre, the concrete pad has been poured for a 12,480-square-foot building that will house a Dollar General Market. Construction of the building is slated to begin later this month. Tentative plans call for the opening of the store by mid-April of this year.
The store is expected to carry fresh produce, packaged meats, other grocery items, and the variety of products found in other Dollar General stores. It will become the third grocery store In Bonne Terre, joining Save-A-Lot and 10Box Cost Plus, owned by Harps.
Hubbard Enterprises, in charge of the revitalization of Bonneville Plaza, had no comment on the current developments, saying that Dollar General will issue a statement as construction progresses. They did say they hope to have renderings of the plaza’s future appearance in the near future. New roofs are being added to the existing buildings that will be utilized in the development, and the parking lot is being prepared for resurfacing.
As spring turns into summer, the progress on both developments should become more evident.
Dan Schunks is a staff writer for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.