Big Retail News in The Little City: Target, ALDI Coming Soon
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 -- Two national retail chains, Target Corporation and ALDI, recently announced plans to set up shop in the City of Falls Church: Target in the Lincoln at Tinner Hill (455 S. Maple Ave.) and ALDI in the Tower Square Shopping Center (155 Hillwood Ave.). Both are scheduled to open in 2018.
“This validates the City as a highly sought-after place to do business,” said Rick Goff, Director of Economic Development. “Our office has put in a lot of time behind-the-scenes with marketing, recruitment, and relationship cultivation. The persistence is paying off.”
TargetExpress and ALDI join a vibrant, historic section of the City that is home to the arts, restaurants, retail, and professional businesses. A brew pub recently signed a lease for the Lily Building (100 E. Fairfax St.) and regional favorite Panjshir Afghan Cuisine will soon reopen there as well. Falls Church Distillers is set to open this summer in the Washington Market complex (442 S. Washington St.), providing retail and a tasting room.
More changes will be visible as the City starts a three-phase multimodal improvements project using state and federal transportation funds. The first phase begins this summer with utility undergrounding. A transit plaza will include bus shelters, benches, and bike racks. Streetscape improvements will include brick pavers, street lighting, new signage, rain gardens, and landscaping. The project is scheduled to be completed by early 2019.
“We are very pleased to welcome Target and ALDI to The Little City,” said Mayor David Tarter. “This is a big win and a perfect fit for the City’s vibrant, diverse community of families, young professionals, and active adults. I look forward to the official ribbon cuttings in 2018.”
“Target and ALDI will be highly popular additions to the City's commercial mix,” said Councilmember Phil Duncan, Chair of the Council’s Economic Development Committee. “National retailers within strolling distance of thousands of City residents will encourage more new businesses to locate in the South Washington St. corridor.”