Gov. Hogan touts county Lidl project impact
— Gov. Larry Hogan heralded the impact of the Lidl project that will open a new regional headquarters and distribution center in the Principio Business Park as part of its U.S. expansion.
In late May, county officials confirmed the oft-hinted $100 million project that will create 100 new full-time jobs at the facility over the next three years. On Tuesday, however, it received some praise from the governor.
“We are proud that a growing global company like Lidl chose Maryland as its gateway to the U.S. market,” Hogan said in a press release. “One of Lidl’s key guiding principles is providing its customers with outstanding quality at the best price. Maryland shares Lidl’s philosophy when it comes to customer service, and we are committed to attracting more companies like Lidl so that we can continue to provide Marylanders with excellent job opportunities.”
Lidl operates about 10,000 stores in 27 countries throughout Europe. Its stores offer customers fresh produce, meat, bakery items
and a wide array of household products at low prices. The company plans to open its first stores in the U.S. no later than 2018, including one off Route 40 in Elkton. Officials have been meeting with town leaders for months to iron out that development proposal.
In addition to the facility here, the company has established its American headquarters in Arlington County, Va., and is building regional headquarters and distribution centers in Spotsylvania County, Va., and Alamance County, N.C. In total, Lidl will create more than 1,000 new jobs at these facilities.
“We are excited to announce a new hub of operations for Lidl US in Maryland,” said Brendan Proctor, president and CEO of Lidl US. “This facility is an important step in building an efficient infrastructure that will allow us to deliver outstanding quality goods to our customers at the lowest possible prices. We selected Cecil County not only because it offers a central location for our distribution network, but also because it will be a great place for our employees to work and live. We thank Governor Hogan, as well as leaders in Cecil County, for their support throughout this process.”
Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill added that the Old Line State provided Lidl will an accessible route to growth in its new American ventures.
“Locating in Maryland provides Lidl with a competitive advantage to be able to expand throughout the U.S.,” Gill said. “With convenient access to international air- ports, rail lines, and the Port of Baltimore, as well as access to onethird of the U.S. population within an overnight drive, Maryland is the ideal location for a distribution center.”
At the local level, County Executive Tari Moore and Lisa Webb, Cecil County director of economic development, touted the impact on and opportunity in Cecil County as a result of Lidl’s investment.
“This is not only a win for Cecil County but for Maryland as well,” Moore said in a prepared statement. “We are very pleased to include this international company among our growing family of successful organizations.”
“Lidl selected Cecil County as the home for their regional hub in a highly competitive market,” Webb added. “That speaks highly of the opportunity that Cecil offers in gaining international attention, encouraging investment, and providing quality jobs to our community. We couldn’t be more pleased.”
To assist with project costs, the Maryland Department of Commerce has approved a $360,000 conditional loan through the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund (MEDAAF). Additionally, the Cecil County Office of Economic Development is providing a $20,000 Workforce Training Partnership grant and a $16,000 conditional loan based on the projected job creation goals. The company is also eligible for various tax credits including Maryland’s Job Creation Tax Credit and Enterprise Zones Property Tax Credit.
Lidl, a German supermarket chain, is planning to rapidly grow in America from a headquarters in North East.