Two new commercial building permits pushed the total for permits issued by the City of Van Buren in April to a total of more than $3 million.

ALDI, the discount grocery store chain, received a $2.1 million permit.

According to Van Buren Planning Director Joe Hurst, the new ALDI grocery store will be located at the intersection of Highway 59 and Sandstone Drive near Walmart.

Mark Bersted, division vice president for ALDI Inc., said plans call for the new Van Buren store to be open in the fall.

“We look forward to bringing this community the highest-quality groceries at the lowest possible prices,” Bersted wrote.

ALDI also has set a goal of opening 650 new stores across the United States by the end of 2018. The company has also announced investment of $1.6 billion to remodel and expand more than 1,300 U.S. stores by 2020. By the end of 2018, ALDI expects to operate nearly 2,000 stores and reach 45 million customers each month. ALDI was founded by the Albrecht family in Germany in 1961 and the company is now based in Batavia, Ill.

Crawford Construction Inc. was issued a $773,000 permit for a dental clinic for Dr. Mark Hurst.

Permits also were obtained for three new homes.

Rucker Fine Homes was issued a $189,000 for a home at 2233 Elfen Glen, Tim Mays Home Builders a $185,000 permit for a home at 2332 Parkridge Drive and Abernathy Properties LLC a $187,000 permit for a home at 2208 Vail Drive.

April permits generated $6,541.45 in fees for the city.