WINFIELD — A grocer, burger joint and manufacturer have plans to open new Putnam County locations.
The county Office of Planning and Infrastructure has approved permits it received last week for Aldi and Five Guys to build their first Putnam locations near the Teays Valley exit of Interstate 64, said County Planner John Butterworth.
Earlier this month, officials also approved a permit for MultiCoat Products to move from its Winfield location into a 22,500-square-foot manufacturing, warehousing and office facility in the Putnam Business Park in Fraziers Bottom.
Russ White, director of real estate for Aldi for most of West Virginia, Ohio and part of Kentucky, hopes the 18,500-square-foot Aldi will open in December. The store will occupy about a third of the space formerly used by the Big Bear grocery store in the Liberty Square shopping center, which closed more than a decade ago.
White said the new location is part of a planned 650-store national expansion in the next five years. Aldi has eight stores in West Virginia, and hopes to add another four to six in that period, he said. The location of Aldi’s distribution centers makes expansion particularly feasible in the northwestern portion of the state, he said.
Aldi has nearby locations in Dunbar and Huntington, and White said the new location will save Putnam customers a drive.
“This fills a nice void for us in the market,” he said.
The Dunbar and Huntington locations likely will be remodeled and possibly expanded in the next two to three years to make them more like the new store, which White described as a “prototype” with energy-efficient equipment and design. The new store is larger than others — Aldi’s product line has grown from 800 items to 1,300 with the addition of health-conscious, gluten-free and other products.
Most Aldi stores employ eight to 12 workers, one or two of whom are part time, White said.
The 2,300-square-foot Five Guys is scheduled to open in April in a former Mexican restaurant near the Wendy’s in Scott Depot. Jack Goodson, marketing and communications coordinator for Five Guys, wrote in an email that the site has not yet been confirmed and the company can provide no further information.
Scott Harrison, national sales manager for MultiCoat Products, said the company’s current Winfield location is merely for sales, but the Fraziers Bottom expansion will be a “full-fledged manufacturing facility” that will cost millions and employ more than 20 workers upon its planned opening in March. He said the company, which creates construction-related coatings, currently has one other manufacturing facility in Orange County, California.
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