QUEENSBURY — Aldi has started renovations to move into the vacant Toys R Us store on Upper Glen Street.
Aldi currently has a store at 176 Quaker Road, less than 2 miles from the Toys R Us building. Aldi opened the Quaker Road store in 1997.
The work inside the Toys R Us building began a couple of weeks ago, according to Steve Powers, vice president of Nigro Companies of Albany, which owns the building.
“They’re under construction in there,” he said.
When a reporter stopped by the location, the interior appeared to be completely stripped and a town building permit for interior demolition was affixed to the window.
Aldi South Windsor Division Vice President Bruce Persohn said in an email that the store would be open by the end of the year.
He said the new store would feature open ceilings, natural lighting, environmentally friendly building materials and storage for more fresh produce, dairy and meat.
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The current Aldi store is 15,500 square feet. The Toys R Us location is about double the size at 31,676 square feet.
Aldi stores typically employ about 15 to 20 people, according to Persohn.
An official with Nigro Companies was not happy when Aldi bought the Toys R Us lease because Nigro leases a building to another grocery chain, Price Rite, across the parking lot.
“It’s still an issue for us. Nothing we can do about it,” Powers said.
The Toys R Us store closed in June as the retailer declared bankruptcy. Spirit Halloween occupied the space on a temporary basis in late 2018.
The Toys R Us building originally was a Grand Union grocery store.