A new grocery store will be coming to Junction City this fall.
Board members of the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Commission discussed the possibility of Aldi adding a local store during this week’s meeting. And Mark Bersted — vice president of Aldi’s Olathe division — confirmed that Aldi will install a Junction City store this fall. The Germany-based discount grocery chain will open its first Junction City store at 520 E. Chestnut St., where the former Ashley Furniture store was located. Bersted said he could not yet confirm any details on when preparation work for the store’s opening might begin.
In other business, EDC board members discussed House Bill 2006, which will go before the Senate committee after the House passed it on a 122-0 vote. The bill would require the Department of Commerce to create a public database to disclose information on economic development incentive programs. But Mickey Fornaro-Dean — JCACC’s president and director of economic development — said the bill could be detrimental to economic growth. She said it would allow communities competing with Junction City for new industry to see possible incentives offered to businesses.
“Our neighbors could see what we’re offering,” Fornaro-Dean said.
Sen. Jeff Longbine was recently in Junction City to participate in the chamber’s Legislative Coffee event, however, and Fornaro-Dean said the senator doubted House Bill 2006 would pass the Senate. If it is not passed, it would mark the second straight year the bill has failed to gain the Senate’s approval.