HANFORD — Both Aldi and Urban Air Adventure Park announced last year plans to locate their respective businesses in Hanford, but progress seems to be moving slower than anticipated on the projects.
There’s no need to worry, however, because officials from both entities assure the projects are moving forward.
Aldi grocery store
Aldi announced plans in June 2017 to locate in Hanford and picked out a location on the southwest corner of 12th Avenue and Lacey Boulevard. This area is near the shopping center with Chipotle, Habit Burger and Jimmy John's.
At the time, Aldi US had announced a major expansion that would make it the third largest grocery store by number in the U.S. and would serve 100 million customers per month. Officials were hoping to open the Hanford store, along with a store in Porterville, this year.
Community Development Director Darlene Mata said grading is currently taking place at the site, which was confirmed by Jeffrey Luna, director of real estate for Aldi US. Luna said construction should begin sometime in the next few weeks.
“We anticipate a smooth construction process which should allow us to open in the spring of 2019 barring any setbacks or issues that may arise during the construction process,” Luna said in an email.
Aldi builds prototype stores of around 22,000 square feet. They offer a full-line of meats and produce, as well as beer and wine along with dry goods. The company seeks to be the low-cost leader in a region competing with Walmart on price, officials said.
Employment is expected to be 15 to 25 full-time jobs in Hanford.
Urban Air Adventure Park
Around November 2017, Urban Air Adventure Park announced on its website that it secured the Hanford Mall as the location of its next trampoline park site. A press release from the company anticipated opening in the spring of this year.
Urban Air describes itself as a “full-service family entertainment center” that includes attractions like trampoline parks, foam pits, dodgeball courts and obstacle courses for all ages.
Hanford’s Planning Commission approved in April a conditional use permit to the franchisee for the location, but little update has been given since. Mata said no business permit has been applied for so far.
Chris Ajluni, an associate at Marcus and Millichap, who represents the local franchisee, entrepreneur Spencer Freeman, said the tenant improvement contractor will likely file for permits within the next few weeks.
“The project has been delayed a little due to some design/construction considerations but it is still moving forward,” Ajluni said in an email.
It has been confirmed that the trampoline park will locate in the 85,000 square-foot space that was left vacant by Forever 21 in 2016. Ajluni said Urban Air will take up 35,000 square-feet on the mall side of that space.
Though an opening date for the Hanford location is yet to be determined, Malory Sheffield, reservation specialist at Urban Air’s corporate headquarters, said the company is still “very excited” about moving to Hanford.