The parcel that had been the Strike Zone bowling alley on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard has been acquired by Aldi LLC as shown in this Craven County GIS map.

While there has been no official statement, it sure appears that Aldi, the German grocery chain, has its sights set on New Bern.

Aldi LLC acquired the former Strike Zone bowling alley in New Bern from SZ Properties on Nov. 14 for $1.68 million.

The city approved a site plan for Aldi in early 2017. The plan calls for the 30,600-square-foot bowling alley that’s there now to be removed to make way for the new 20,000-square-foot grocery store.

Strike Zone closed in 2017.

Aldi operates a store in Kinston and two in Jacksonville and two in the Greenville area among about 1,800 stores it operates in 35 states.

A New Bern store would be the first in Craven County. Lidl, another German-owned grocery chain, has opened stores in Havelock and Kinston.


  1. Any plans to open another bowling alley in New Bern?

  2. With an abundance of grocery stores, I wonder how they will all survive. Why don’t we have entertainment venues like bowling, miniature golf and so forth. Nothing to do with kids for fun. We have to drive to Jacksonville. If we keep adding food and no healthy exercise. We will all get fat.

  3. Best grocery store in the USA. Good for New Bern for chosing to say yes to Aldi. You can save so much money on such good quality food here. Take your quarter for your cart and bring your own bags or boxes to store your groceries. Perfect choice if you want your money to go toward debt instead of fancy brands in your pantry.

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