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European discount grocer Lidl coming to YorkStore to anchor new Shoppes at Wyndham near York College

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A Lidl grocery store will open at the proposed Shoppes at Wyndham in York.
A Lidl grocery store will open at the proposed Shoppes at Wyndham in York. - (Photo / )

The growing Lidl grocery chain plans to open what would be its second York County store, in a new shopping center planned for construction in Spring Garden Township.

Europe-based Lidl has bought property at 980 Richland Ave., York, from Spring Lane LLC, developers of the proposed Shoppes at Wyndham shopping center, for $2.5 million, according to officials in the York County recorder of deeds office.

Lidl also has an approved subdivision and land-development plan to build a new grocery store, and only needs a building permit to begin construction, Spring Garden Township zoning officer Linda Keller said Tuesday.

The new shopping center is planned for the corner of South Richland Avenue and Indian Rock Dam Road, near Country Club Road and York College.

Ground for the shopping center is expected to be broken by the end of March, developers' representatives said recently.

The identity of the 33,000-square-foot anchor grocery store was the last undisclosed detail of the proposed shopping center when plans were announced earlier this year.

The Shoppes at Wyndam also will include about 20,000 square feet of retail space, a news release in January said.

The 5.5-acre property had recently been purchased by the Spring Lane firm, which paid $2.58 million to buy the land from AW Liquidation Inc. Rock Commercial Real Estate represented the seller and the buyer in that transaction, and also is marketing the new center on behalf of the owner, the news release added.

Efforts to reach Lidl officials at the retail chain’s U.S. headquarters in Arlington, Va., were not successful.

It also was announced in December that Lidl has plans to open a store in Dover Township. 

The timetable for when the two York County stores would open is not known, but Lidl officials have said the chain plans to open stores in the U.S. by 2018.

Lidl now operates some 10,000 stores in 26 countries across Europe.

Lidl and another discount food retailer aiming to open across the U.S., Aldi, “both operate small, efficient no-frill self-serve supermarkets with a strong non-food assortment, and very low prices,” a 2015 article in Forbes magazine said.

And “both have permanently changed the competitive landscape wherever they have gone,” it added.

The Business Insider website calls Lidl “a cross between Walmart and Trader Joe's.”

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David O'Connor

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Dave O'Connor covers York County, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at davido@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @DaveOC_CPBJ.

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