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Wasn't the first Quincy Aldi downtown?

This June 23, 1990, photo shows the Aldi grocery store at Sixth and Jersey before it closed less than three months later. Before Aldi was there, the corner had been home to a Giant Foods Store and Kiefer Sav-U food market. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 2, 2017 10:00 am

Several of my contemporaries and I swear we remember an Aldi grocery store located on Sixth Street near Maine while growing up in Quincy back in the 1950s. Please confirm or correct this. If correct, this would have been the Aldi store before the smaller one opened on Broadway that was recently replaced by a bigger store.

There was an Aldi at the northwest corner of Sixth and Jersey, but it didn't open until 1976. Though a grocery store was at the corner in the 1950s, it wasn't Aldi.

According to a May 21, 1968, article in The Herald-Whig, the grocery store at 124 S. Sixth opened as Kiefer Sav-U food market in 1950. The building was expanded by 30 percent in late 1961.

The Benner Tea Co. took over the store, which had been leased to another grocer, in 1968. The firm bought the Kiefer retail and wholesale grocery business, including nine stores in the Quincy area, in December 1962.

The store was rebranded as Giant Foods Store. It closed in the spring of 1976 and was renovated as Aldi's All Discount Groceries, which opened in November 1976.

Aldi opened a second store at 36th and Broadway in October 1986, and the Sixth and Jersey store was closed Sept. 15, 1990.

Aldi built a new $2.37 million, 17,014-square-foot store in 2015 at 3511 Broadway. The older store was demolished to provide an expanded parking lot.

Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu and Mitchell LLP renovated the former downtown Aldi for its offices and moved into the 10,000-square-foot facility in 1992.

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