New distribution center coming to Cecil
Lidl project to bring 100 jobs
— Cecil County is learning to appreciate the Deutsche after officials announced that Lidl, a German supermarket retailer, will begin work on a major distribution center here.
The company picked up a building permit Tuesday morning to construct a 754,000-square-foot regional distribution center on a
100-acre site in Principio Business Park off Route 40 near Perryville.
County Director of Permits and Inspections Patrick Conway shared the news with the Cecil County Council during their Tuesday morning work session, reporting that the building permit fee was $188,000.
Council President Robert Hodge voiced his support for the announcement, along with the rest of the council and County Executive Tari Moore.
“Cecil County is pleased to welcome very Lidl to our community,” Moore said Tuesday.
Moore said that County Director of Economic Development Lisa Webb and her team have been working with leadership from Lidl for quite some time.
“We’ve had an opportunity to build a strong relationship with them,” Moore added.
The estimated cost for the project is more than $100 million and the company plans to hire more than 100
full-time employees over the next three years, sources said.
“We are very excited about adding an international company to our county,” said Webb, noting that the company hopes to open the distribution center sometime in 2017. “It’s a fast-track project, so we’ll be working with them through the process.”
Meanwhile, the company is also seeking final approval to build a retail store on Route 40 in Elkton that would be serviced by the distribution center in Principio.
Elkton’s Planning Commission is considering Lidl’s plans for a 36,170-square-foot retail grocery store west of the Delaware Avenue and Route 40 traffic signal. That plan is up for approval on the town’s June 6 planning commission agenda.
Elkon Planning Director Jeanne Minner said Monday that, if approved June 6, the German grocery chain can begin grading on a Route 40 parcel of land at 622 E. Pulaski Highway between Happy 40 Discount Liquors and Tim’s Tire Sales. The project has already required Maryland State Highway Administration approval for a new entrance road and a stormwater management plan, in addition to the building and parking lot design details.
Lidl, which started as a neighborhood grocery store in Germany in the 1930s, has expanded to nearly 10,000 stores in 26 countries from Ireland to Greece, employing a total of 230,000 people.
The no-frills grocery retailer has expanded into carrying some household items, clothing and seasonal items and is often compared with Aldi, another German nofrills retailer already established on Route 40 in Elkton at Chesapeake Boulevard.
Last year, the company announced plans to expand into the United States, first targeting the East Coast. Lidl’s website indicates its plans include opening about 100 new stores on the East Coast by 2018, referring to itself as a “game changer in the U.S.”
Susquehanna Workforce Network Executive Director Bruce England said Tuesday his organization is poised to assist Lidl with securing their workforce needs.
The prospective site of a new Lidl german grocery store, pending final approval from the Elkton Planning Commission on June 6, is off Route 40 in Elkton.