This is off-topic, I guess, but I just found this strange and wanted to pass it on. Aldi is going to start building stores in the UK with Travelodge motels above them:
Aldi and Travelodge have joined forces to launch hybrid supermarket-hotel developments to serve cost conscious consumers in the downturn.I don't have the slightest idea whether this will be successful, or whether it's adaptable to the US. I'll leave that to you to decide.
The two companies are developing a site together in Newquay, Cornwall, where Travelodge will build a 74-bed hotel above Aldi's 14,500 sq ft store. A similar project is also under way at Aldi's Middlesbrough site. In both cases, Aldi has the freehold of the sites and Travelodge has taken a lease.
The Middlesbrough site will be completed by the end of next month and Newquay is scheduled to open in autumn next year.