Friday, November 15th marked the grand opening of the new Aldi store here on North Seminary Street in Galesburg. The new store and a new sales tax is leaving some customers with mixed feelings.
"It'll be just as convenient for me just as the other place," says Aven James. But not everyone is one board with the change in location.
The old store on west main was in a low income neighborhood, making it easy to access for those with no transportation.
Nancy luna lives near the old location. She says while it's out of the way, she'll make the trip. For others, it may be more of an obstacle, "There is so many people that do have to walk...it's going to make it really hard for them."
Another change? A one percent sales tax increase on non–food items like paper towels and laundry detergent. "We studied a number of ways to finance the infrastructure and we noticed that other cities were using these special taxing districts and we thought it was appropriate here," says Galesburg Mayor John Pritchard.
Mayor Pritchard says the special tax will not affect the entire city of Galesburg, just the new North Seminary District. Right now it only includes Aldi. They will add a hotel and other retail businesses as early as next year.
"We felt that the funding should come from the economic activity in this part of the district," says Pritchard.
Residents we spoke with today say they aren't surprised. "Every time you build they need more taxes," says Luna. "Doesn't bother me much one way or another. We're always getting raises all the time even on food," says James.
"Like everything in Galesburg, you get used to it," says Luna.
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