The new location of the Aldi Food Market is taking shape as construction crews remodel the inside and outside of the building.

The new store will be located in the 400 block of U.S. Highway 77.

“They got their building permit about a month ago. They are just doing internal improvements now,” Waxahachie’s planning director Clyde Melick said. “I would suspect those internal improvements would take about six to eight months and then they will be good to go. It is a pretty simple remodel.”

The building was first home to a Kroger grocery store in the late 1970’s. It later housed H-E-B and then Big Lots. Big Lots moved out of the location and opened up in its new building in November of 2012. The Waxahachie City Council approved a specific use permit and a site plan for Aldi at its Feb. 3 meeting.

“They do not have to do a whole lot to that building. It used to be a grocery store before. So they have a lot of the infrastructure, as far as the water and the electricity, ready to go,” Melick said. “In the parking lot, they will put some landscape islands. They are also doing some work to the front façade.”

According to Aldi’s website, the company has about 1,300 stores in 32 states. Aldi also has stores in Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. About 90 percent of the products stocked on the shelves at Aldi are Aldi-exclusive brands. This helps to save customers money on 1,300 of the most commonly purchased grocery items.

Overseeing the remodel of the 20,000 square foot building is the Crossland Construction Company, which provides pre-construction, construction management, general construction services and design build. Some of the projects Crossland has done includes a Target store in Irving, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a Fort Worth police station and the terminal building for Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Missouri.

For more information about Aldi go to its website at www.aldi.us.