Elkton Wawa set to open by end of Oct.

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - C HERYL MA TTIX

While I was out and about ... Elkton of­fi­cials tell me the new­est Wawa at 302 W. Pu­laski High­way in Elkton is ex­pected to open Oct. 28. Store shelves are be­ing stocked now, as the com­pany pre­pares to open Ce­cil County’s third su­per Wawa.

The other two lo­ca­tions are on Route 279 in Elkton and at the corner of Route 40 and Me­chanic’s Val­ley Road in North East.

Watch for signs post­ing the date.

*** Ce­cil County has seen ev­i­dence in re­cent weeks of an uptick in the lo­cal econ­omy as con­struc­tion of a 1.1 mil­lion-square-foot ware­house in Prin­ci­pio Busi­ness Park is tar­get­ing a spring com­ple­tion date and look­ing for one big ten­ant, or mul­ti­ple smaller ten­ants.

Also, con­struc­tion of Lidl’s north­ern re­gional head­quar­ters hub is un­der­way in Prin­ci­pio Busi­ness Park, but it’s in a much more highly vis­i­ble site along Route 40 near Belvidere Road.

Ce­cil County Di­rec­tor of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Lisa Webb is op­ti­mistic about the eco­nomic im­pact of both projects, with a potential of job cre­ation, in­come tax and prop­erty tax rev­enues for the county.

Lidl, a Ger­man global dis­count gro­cery chain, said they will be hir­ing em­ploy­ees to fill 120 full-time jobs, in­clud­ing man­agers, ad­min­is­tra­tion staff and lo­gis­tics ware­house staff.

“Susque­hanna Work­force Net­work is work­ing with Lidl to help them hire and train em­ploy­ees,” Webb said, not­ing that a $20,000 work­force train­ing grant from the county to Lidl will help potential em­ploy­ees who live in Ce­cil County.

The state pro­vided $360,000 in busi­ness in­cen­tives to Lidl and Ce­cil County was re­quired to of­fer 10 per­cent of that amount, or $36,000 as a match.

County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore said the county’s match was split be­tween $20,000 for job train­ing and $16,000 in a con­di­tional loan that must be paid back if cer­tain con­di­tions are not met within three years.

“It was not funded with tax­payer money,” Moore ex­plained. “It was pro­vided by a Busi­ness In­cen­tive Fund, which was set up and re­quired by the state to come from a por­tion of the casino rev­enue col­lected by the county each year.”

She es­ti­mates the re­turn on in­vest­ment to be worth­while for the county. In its first year of op­er­a­tion, Moore es­ti­mated that Lidl will pay about $297,000 in real es­tate prop­erty taxes alone, with that amount in­creas­ing to $1.5 mil­lion an­nu­ally af­ter 10 years.

“The re­turn on Ce­cil County’s in­vest­ment of $36,000 from a one-time in­cen­tive could be more than ten-fold in Lidl’s first full year of op­er­a­tion and in­crease steadily af­ter that,” she said. “This just makes good fis­cal sense.”

*** Ce­cil County Tourism Co­or­di­na­tor Sandy Turner and her staff are all moved into their new of­fice at 124 E. Main Street in Elkton. She said there’s still some or­ga­niz­ing to com­plete, but the fur­ni­ture and files have made the trek from the pre­vi­ous of­fice at the now closed Perr yville Out­let Cen­ter.

Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors are welcome to stop by to learn more about Ce­cil County tourism events, ac­tiv­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties. The of­fice is full of brochures and maps of lo­cal at­trac­tions fea­tur­ing their hours and con­tact in­for­ma­tion.

Christie Dougherty, of­fice ser­vices as­sis­tant, and/or Turner are there Mon­day through Fri­day dur­ing the day to an­swer ques­tions and of­fer in­for­ma­tion about Ce­cil County.

Stop by and check it out when you’re in down­town Elkton.

*** The Up­per Bay Mu­seum is host­ing its 49th an­nual Up­per Shore De­coy Show Fri­day and Sat­ur­day at the North East Fire Hall’s ball­room on Mauldin Av­enue, start­ing at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 with a pre­view of auc­tion items un­til 6 p.m., fol­lowed by a pre­view party from 6 to 7 p.m. with the auc­tion start­ing at 7 p.m.

Carv­ing demon­stra­tions will take place from 9 a.m. un­til 4 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Oct. 22, at the fire hall and mem­bers will of­fer tours of the mu­seum and boat school, which are both lo­cated in North East Com­mu­nity Park.

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

The new Wawa on Route 40 in Elkton is ex­pected to open on Oct. 28.

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