PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After sitting empty for more than a decade, a new business will occupy the former Big Bear location in Teays Valley.
A spokesperson with the Putnam County Office of Planning and Infrastructure tells WSAZ.com Aldi is opening at Liberty Square. The company's building permit was approved last week.
The spokesperson says the grocery store will only occupy a portion of the former Big Bear property.
According to Aldi's website, it's the nation’s leading low-price grocer and operates nearly 1,300 stores in 32 states.
Russ White, director of Aldi Real Estate, tells WSAZ.com the store will be more than 18,000 square feet. That's about 3-thousand square feet bigger than most of its stores, including the location in Dunbar.
White says the store will have more of a modern design and utilize more energy efficient equipment.
Construction is expected to get underway in the next 30 days on the Putnam County location. White says the company plans to open the store by the end of the year.
This new store will create eight to 12 jobs.
White says the company is excited to open a new store and the company plans to keep expanding.
According to White, Aldi plans to open 650 new stores across the United States in the next five years. Right now, eight stores are open in West Virginia. However, White says the company is looking to open more stores in West Virginia in the near future.
Meanwhile, the county will also get a new hamburger joint.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries is set to open between the McDonald's and Wendy's along Teays Valley Road. A county spokesperson says the new restaurant will open in the brick building that used to house a Mexican restaurant.
No word on when Five Guys will open.