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Aldi closed Rensselaer store, creating food desert

Jul 26, 2023 12:11 pm

News10 in Albany reports that the Aldi grocery store is closing in the City of Rensselaer, and officials there are complaining they now live in a food desert. The Aldi store is closing there on July 26, and is opening a new location in North Greenbush on July 27. Mayor Michael Stammel is worried about how some of his residents will buy food now, saying, “We have a couple housing projects here for low and moderate income people plus senior buildings and those are the ones who use these buildings the most as well as the people who walk here on a regular basis so transportation that’s something that’s going to be another part of their budget, it’s going to take away money they could use somewhere else.” In June the Rensselaer County Legislature passed a resolution asking Aldi to remain in the city, saying, “There have been concerns in the community that Aldi may close the Rensselaer location and create a virtual food desert for those who rely on the convenient location of the store.” Read more about this story at the News10 website.

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