Q. Have you heard anything about the Aldi's grocery store on Elmore Avenue? Is it closed permanently or temporarily. If temporarily, when will it reopen. -- Thomas
A. We contacted ALDI's corporate office for more information. ALDI Dwight Division Vice President Heather Moore responded:
"Thanks for your interest in ALDI. Our Davenport store has closed temporarily to undergo renovations and will reopen with a fresh new look on Nov. 16. We'll be in touch with more specific details surrounding the store's Grand Reopening festivities, once available.
"Once renovations are complete, the Davenport store will deliver a modern and convenient shopping experience with more room for customers' favorite products and a focus on fresh items, including more robust produce, dairy and bakery sections. The store's modern design will also feature open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally-friendly building materials — such as recycled materials, energy-saving refrigeration and LED lighting.
"Across the country, we're updating the ALDI store experience as part of our $1.6 billion plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 locations by 2020. With this significant investment in our stores, what we're really doing is continuing to invest in ALDI customers — bringing people who know and love ALDI, as well as new fans, an even better, more welcoming store to shop."
Q. Just wondering how much it cost the city of Davenport to paint all those bike lanes? I have never seen one person riding on them. Meanwhile you can barely see the white lines on Kimberly Road. -- Ruth, Davenport
A. We contacted the city of Davenport for more information. Nicole Gleason, public works director/assistant city administrator, responded:
"Thanks for the question, Ruth. Here are some facts regarding the road paint for the city of Davenport. The bike lane project was durable paint (epoxy) was $197,000 for 32 miles of 4"-24" lines. There were also 224 symbols on that project at a cost of $28,000. The annual budget for all street painting is $174,160. It includes painting the 178 miles of city streets twice and the 54 miles of DOT routes once. The DOT reimburses the city $20,000 for their share of the project. A total of 410 miles of paint per year are painted with this program."