Lidl pre­pares gro­cery distri­bu­tion cen­ter site

Cecil Whig - - BUSINESS - C HERYL MA TTIX

While I was out and about ... Ce­cil County Di­rec­tor of Per­mits and In­spec­tions Pa­trick Con­way con­firmed Tues­day that all the heavy equip­ment and ac­tiv­ity in re­cent days near Route 40 and Belvidere Road is the prepa­ra­tion work be­ing done to a 100-acre par­cel that will be­come a con­struc­tion site for a 754,000 square-foot re­gional distri­bu­tion cen­ter.

Lidl is a Ger­man su­per­mar­ket re­tailer that se­lected this prop­erty in Prin­ci­pio Busi­ness Park near Perr yville for a new distri­bu­tion cen­ter that will serve several new re­tail gro­cery stores it plans to build in the mid-At­lantic re­gion, in­clud­ing a 36,170 square-foot store on Route 40 in Elk­ton.

Lidl picked up its build­ing per­mit at the end of May from the Ce­cil County Depart­ment of Per­mits, Li­censes and In­spec­tions.

The es­ti­mated cost of 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.

The in­ter­na­tional com­pany plans to open the distri­bu­tion cen­ter some­time in 2017. Con­way noted the project is on the “fast­track” with Ce­cil County.

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 no-frills re­tailer al­ready es­tab­lished on Route 40 in Elk­ton.

*** I learned this week from a cus­tomer that Cor­ron’s Trash Re­moval com­pany lo­cated at 3431 Pu­laski High­way in North East was sold to Waste In­dus­tries ef­fec­tive July 1.

Even though my at­tempts to talk with some­one at Waste In­dus­tries about the sale weren’t suc­cess­ful, I thought the pub­lic might want to know about the sale, con­sid­er­ing a cou­ple of Cor­ron’s for­mer cus­tomers told me Fri­day they had not re­ceived a let­ter from ei­ther com­pany yet no­ti­fy­ing them of the sale.

How­ever, Waste In­dus­tries posted a wel­come mes­sage to Cor­ron’s Trash Re­moval cus­tomers on WI’s web­site where the an­nounce­ment ap­pears, along with in­for­ma­tion about ser­vice and billing. New cus­tomers are urged to call 410-457-0404 for in­for­ma­tion. Check it out.

*** Grad­ing is un­der­way for the con­struc­tion of a new Dol­lar Gen­eral store on Route 213 just out­side of the Ch­e­sa­peake City mu­nic­i­pal bound­ary.

The site is be­tween the Valero gas sta­tion and the for­mer Ch­e­sa­peake Wine and Spir­its build­ing that is now va­cant. Chop­tank Ex­ca­vat­ing is grad­ing the site be­fore con­struc­tion can be­gin. Ch­e­sa­peake City will be pro­vid­ing wa­ter and sewer ser­vice to the prop­erty, which will also be re­quired to con­form with the town’s de­sign stan­dards.

“This is a project in ex­cess of $100,000 for ex­ten­sion of pub­lic util­i­ties from the town that the de­vel­oper is pay­ing,” Mayor Dean Geraci­mos re­cently told the Whig. In a spe­cial ser­vice dis­trict, a con­trac­tor is then re­im­bursed $5,000 from each lot owner who chooses to con­nect to pub­lic util­i­ties.

*** Dr. Erin Keys, a vet­eri­nar­ian who took over Dr. Jane Fassinger’s prac­tice last year, is get­ting ready to ex­pand her cur­rent mo­bile vet­eri­nar­ian prac­tice to a brick and mo­tor lo­ca­tion at 1828 Conowingo Road in Ris­ing Sun.

All Crea­tures Vet­eri­nary Ser­vice, LLC pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive care for small an­i­mals and horses, as well as small ru­mi­nants and camelids (cows, goats, al­pacas, lla­mas, camels, etc.) When she opens her full-ser­vice prac­tice some­time in Au­gust, Keys said, she’ll con­tinue to make house calls; but she’ll be hir­ing a sec­ond vet, Dr. Kim Gale to help her with the prac­tice.

The new of­fice is ap­prox­i­mately 5,500 square-feet and will in­clude four exam rooms a sur­gi­cal room, lab and ra­di­ol­ogy.

Keys grew up in Ce­cil County and is ex­cited about her new ex­pan­sion. Check out the Face­book page, All Crea­tures Vet­eri­nary Ser­vice, for updates.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com, or call her at 443-907-8440.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

Heavy equip­ment is on the site for con­struc­tion of a Lidl gro­cery distri­bu­tion cen­ter near Belvidere Road and Route 40.

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