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Marshalls, Aldi Grocery, Starbucks, and more coming to Franklin

Franklin’s future Chick-Fil-A is starting to take shape as walls have been erected for the fast food chain. Chick-Fil-A wont be the only thing located in the retail development as both Aspen Dental, Aldi grocery store, and a full Starbucks have all been confirmed for the plaza. 

The town of Franklin received an email from Aspen Dental for their new plans for an office in Franklin last week. In addition to the Aspen Dental development plans, there was also a 2,500 sq ft Starbucks with drive thru and a 20,666 sq ft grocery store. While the grocery store was not named on Aspen Dental’s plans submitted to the town of Franklin, Aldi’s has signed a lease with Hendon-Tiller, the developer building the plaza. The lease is on file at the Macon County Register of Deeds office. The “Coming Soon” sign on the property also names both Aspen Dental and Aldi. 

According to the company’s “About” section online, “Aspen Dental practices are committed to treating patients with the compassion and respect they deserve. The practices believe in providing comprehensive care that addresses both your short- and long-term dental care needs, and promise to provide an honest, judgment-free environment where it all comes down to great care.”

The future Franklin location for Aldi is part of the company expansion efforts that were launched in early 2021. Considered the Grocery Value Leader,” ALDI continues coast-to-coast expansion with new stores, its 26th regional headquarters and distribution center and expanded eCommerce offerings. The retailer announced in February that it will open approximately 100 new locations nationwide in 2021.

ALDI is one of America’s fastest-growing retailers, serving millions of customers across the country each month. With more than 2,000 stores across 37 states, ALDI is on track to become the third-largest grocery retailer by store count by the end of 2022. 

For 10 years running, ALDI has held the esteemed title of Value Leader among U.S. grocery stores according to the latest Market Force Information® U.S. Grocery Competitive Study, and ALDI has been No. 1 for price according to the Dunnhumby Retailer Preference Index Report for four years running. Since 1976, ALDI has offered a unique shopping experience where customers Shop differentli® and never have to compromise on quality, selection or value. In fact, 1 in 3 ALDI-brand products is award-winning.

The development plans will also include a full-service Starbucks that will include a drive-thru option. 

In addition to the development of the plaza near Chick-Fil-A, Marshalls Department Store confirmed last month they too will soon be opening a Franklin location. While the timeline is still unknown, company representatives said additional details will be released soon. Marshalls will be located in the Westgate Shopping Plaza in the former Kmart building. Harbor Freight occupies a portion of the building, leaving space open for Marshalls. 

Marshalls is an American chain of off-price department stores owned by TJX Companies. Marshalls has over 1,000 American stores, including larger stores named Marshalls Mega Store, covering 42 states and Puerto Rico, and 61 stores in Canada. Marshalls is one of the largest U.S. off-price family apparel and home fashion retailer, along with its sister company, TJ Maxx. 


  1. Nina Nina November 16, 2021

    Fabulous progress for our small town. Way to grow, everyone!

  2. Amanda B Amanda B November 26, 2021

    We just purchased a house in Franklin this year and I am excited to see so much growth and activity!

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