In February, the properties that served as home to two former Allen's grocery stores in Provo and Springville were listed for sale after the stores had been closed for nearly a year. Residents in the cities have been vocal about what they'd like to see move in. Here are some of the ideas.
While there are no ALDI locations in Utah, the stores are plentiful elsewhere in the country, with 1,600 stores in 35 states. It's well-known for its discount groceries and goods, selling nearly exclusively ALDI brands rather than national brands.
Not another pizza or sandwich place
Utah County has an abundance of pizza joints, to put it mildly. Some hope these properties won't produce yet another pizza or sub sandwich business — even if they claim to be totally different than the 100 others already here.
Low-income housing or homeless shelter
Though affordable housing is perhaps not the most popular idea, it is an idea that addresses a severely underserved population in Utah County.
With Provo just getting a mini-Target of its own, some think the Springville property would make for another great Target location. Can you have too many Targets?
Bowling alley or derby rink
Some ideas centered on entertainment venues like a roller derby rink or a new bowling alley.
Buffalo Wild Wings
One reader suggested they love to see a Buffalo Wild Wings at the Springville property. BWW is famous for its wings and sports viewing.
Any grocery store
Many people would love to see a new grocer, or just any grocer, come in to these spaces, particularly the property in Provo. Those living in the area feel a grocery store is truly needed in the neighborhood.
Are they picky? Not really.
One reader suggested one of the locations could be suitable for building out new medical offices. With a growing population, it might not be a bad idea.