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