Chain updating its Hartville, Jackson Twp. stores. Since last year the company has been enlarging and modernizing its stores throughout Northeast Ohio.

JACKSON TWP.  Remodeling work at the Aldi grocery in the Belden Village area is finished, while improvements are underway at the chain's Hartville location.

The grocery chain has been remodeling and enlarging its 35 stores throughout Northeast Ohio, part of an $60 million effort. The company is investing $1.6 billion to upgrade the chain's 1,300 stores nationwide before the end of 2020.

Store renovations generally lead to a temporary closing lasting two to three weeks. The official grand reopening for the store at 4082 Belden Village St. NW is at 8:25 a.m. Thursday. It will be followed by an eco-friendly bag distribution and a sweepstakes where someone will win produce for a year.

Work already has started on the Hartville store at 1250 W. Maple St. That project calls for a 3,000-square-foot addition and interior renovations. At this point, the store is open while construction is underway.

Last year, Aldi announced plans to remodel its store at 5117 Tuscarawas St. W in Perry Township. The chain said it wants to add about 3,000 square feet in order to expand offerings in its produce, dairy and bakery sections. (Information has been corrected to fix an error. See correction below. 3 p.m. April 17)

The store in Alliance also is scheduled for improvements.

Local brewer among nation's fastest growing

The Brewers Association has listed Royal Docks Brewing Co. among the country's fastest growing small and independent craft breweries.

Jackson Township-based Royal Docks ranked fifth overall among 50 small and independent breweries. It was the inaugural list for the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group that represents small and independent brewers. Platform Beer Co. in Cleveland ranked 35th on the list.

The Brewers Association based its rankings by comparing growth between 2016 and 2017. The median growth for breweries on the list was 224 percent, while the median size for breweries on the list jumped from 284 barrels in 2016 to 984 barrels in 2017.

John Bikis, who started the brewery, called it a high honor for Royal Docks to place on the list. "I've always sensed we were doing well for our age and resources, but I was shocked to learn that we were performing well enough to be included in a list like this," he said in a statement.

The recognition comes as Royal Dock begins operating an 8,000 barrel production facility and cannery at 5646 Wales Ave. NW, not far from its tap room in the Marketplace at Nobles Pond. The brewery hopes to begin shipping cases soon, said Dave Sutula, brewmaster.

"It makes all the hours behind the wheel traveling between markets, visiting customers, meeting craft beer lovers, making, canning and delivering beer worthwhile," Sutula said.

Royal Docks also is offering a brewery tour of its growing facilities on select Saturdays through August. Tours on May 9 and June 2 are sold out, but some dates might be added.

Along with getting a look at the operations, tour participants get a welcome beer, a sampling flight at the Taproom and a Royal Docks T-shirt. Tours are limited to 10 people. For more information visit,

Subway has new home

The North Canton Subway has a new "fresh forward" design in its new location at 7783 Cleveland Ave. NW.

Franchise owner Wayne Nonnamaker said the new location features a designated pre-order pickup location and free Wifi, as well as new menu options.

Nonnamaker moved the restaurant from the Acme Fresh Market plaza to the new location, which previously was home to Family Video. The building now houses a Stay Fit 24 fitness center. Stay Fit 24 is a division of Family Video and the new location is the company's 14th site. Marco's Pizza also is in the building.

To kick off the new site, Subway will have a fundraising event Saturday to benefit the North Canton Heritage Society. The restaurant will donate 20 percent of sales posted between 2 and 6 p.m. to the Heritage Society.

UPS drivers honored

Four Stark County residents are among UPS drivers worldwide who have been inducted into the company's Circle of Honor.

Three drivers from UPS's Canton work site — Christopher Hawkins, of North Canton, Vance McMahan of Canton and James Penland of Navarre — were inducted, as was Canal Fulton resident Dick Kapper, who works at the Wadsworth site.

UPS drivers who have 25 or more years of accident-free driving are eligible for the honor. Globally, UPS has 10,504 active drivers in the group. This year the company added 54 drivers from around Ohio among the 1,582 worldwide who joined the Circle of Honor.

Leadership changes at Community One

After 43 years, Evelyn L. Canterbury will be retiring from Community One Credit Union.

Canterbury retired as chief executive officer on March 31, although she will retain the position of president until Sept. 1. Community One's board has named Paula A. Heitger as the new CEO.

In 1975, Canterbury began working as a teller at what then was the Canton Telephone Employees Credit Union. She became president and CEO in 1982. During Canterbury's tenure Community One has seen its assets grow to $83 million from $7 million, while the number of employees has grown to 27 from three.

Alan Oyster, Community One board chairman, said the board is grateful for Canterbury's leadership and excited that Heitger has agreed to step into the role.

Heitger has spent 23 years at Community One, most recently serving as chief financial officer. She also has served as served as marketing manager and operations manager.

Community one serves more than 9,000 members and has branches in Canton and Jackson Township. The credit union is open to anyone who lives, works worships or attends school in Stark County.

CORRECTION: Aldi announced last year it was planning an expansion at its store at 5117 Tuscarawas St. W in Perry Township. It's unclear when that work will begin. Information about that store was incorrect when this story first published.

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