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Lidl Nixes Plans For Location In Grafton

YORK-Lidl has decided against building a new location at 5600 George Washington Highway in Grafton. Since its establishment in 1973, the Germany-based grocery store has branched out to roughly 11,200 stores in 32 countries.

Known for their low prices, Lidl began opening stores in the United States in 2017. The company currently sells its products in more than 100 locations along the East Coast.

Lidl purchased the 6.94 acre parcel of land in 2017 for $1,850,000. James W. “Jim” Noel Jr., director of the York Office of Economic Development, said that his office wasn’t aware that Lidl was selling the land and mentioned there’s an approved site plan for the grocer to move forward with building the storefront.

Nestled between IHOP and the future home of Dairy Queen near the Grafton Post Office, Lidl decided the location wasn’t suited for them after all. “We are focused on growing our network of stores in areas that are the most convenient for our customers,” said Chandler Ebeier, public relations representative with Lidl’s U.S. headquarters, which is based in Arlington.

The Grafton site doesn’t fall within Lidl’s current site criteria, so the company has decided to sell the land. “We look forward to continuing our expansion to convenient locations along the East Coast,” said Ebeier in an email message.

Kushman & Wakefield Thalhimer is handling the real estate sale.

Lidl has other locations in Hampton Roads, including two in Newport News on Jefferson Avenue and Warwick Boulevard, and one in Hampton on Mercury Boulevard, as well as several locations on the Southside.

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