HUDSON — Two new commercial projects of impact in the Hudson area will bring more choice for area consumers, as well as new jobs.
An Aldi supermarket is approved by Pasco County planners for the northeast corner of Little Road and State Road 52 on the site of the former Sweetbay Supermarket, which closed in 2013 as part of the shutdown of several of its Florida stores. The former supermarket building has been demolished to make way for the Aldi. The Aldi will be fronted by the new Wawa and Burger King that recently opened at the intersection.
Aldi’s corporate office didn’t have much to say about the new store, but will have more information closer to the fall 2020 scheduled opening.
“We are excited to confirm we plan to open our new Hudson store by fall of 2020. We will reach out closer to the Grand Opening with more specific details,” the statement reads.
The store will be a welcome addition to the area, said Tim McClain, president and CEO of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, who said residents will enjoy more choice with the addition of an Aldi in Hudson. Currently, the nearest Aldi is on U.S. 19 near Gulf View Square, in Port Richey.
“They (Aldi) are definitely trying to make a presence here,” said McClain, referring to plans to open stores in Wesley Chapel and Trinity, both of which have been approved by Pasco County.
McClain said though Aldi is not a “traditional” grocery store, its low prices and exclusive store brands will be welcome in a market area where shoppers “really only have two stores to choose from.”
“It’s definitely a positive option for shoppers and gives everybody a third choice; that’s always a good thing,” said McClain.
The other Hudson project has not received final approval from the county, but 3.9 acres of land is being cleared for a four-story Woodspring Suites hotel at 14106 U.S. 19, on the west side of the highway just north of S.R. 52, opposite the former Kmart.
The hotel will be an affordable, extended-stay type, said McClain, and indicates the growth and strength of the Hudson market area. It also will provide a much-needed value option for people visiting the area, such as family members from out of town coming for the holidays.
“It’s a good option to have an economical hotel in the area and it’s a positive for residents who have people staying who need an affordable place to stay,” said McClain.
He said that parent company Choice Hotels’ decision to open the hotel is an encouraging sign of confidence in the Hudson market.
“It’s a positive sign for the community to see a hotel built and that we can support it,” said McClain. “It’s a good sign for that area.”
An inquiry to media relations at Choice was not immediately answered, but the company’s Woodspring website describes its suites as “smartly-designed” units with in-room kitchens available nightly, weekly or monthly at “affordable rates.” The company has hotels in 38 states, according to the website.
The Hudson Woodspring Suites will be a 31,987-square-foot structure fronted by U.S. 19, and will have more than 200 rooms on four floors.