Gov. Ho­gan touts county Lidl pro­ject im­pact

Cecil Whig - - BUSINESS -

— 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

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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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF LIDL

Lidl, a Ger­man su­per­mar­ket chain, is plan­ning to rapidly grow in Amer­ica from a head­quar­ters in North East.

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