The shuttered Pathmark store will soon be home of a German-based supermarket that will establish its first US store in Ridley Township.

By BarbaraOrmsby

bormsby@myspiritnews.com

The Ridley Township Zoning Hearing Board, last week, gave the green light for a new German-based supermarket to locate on the site of the old Pathmark at 420 MacDade Blvd. by approving several variances.

Lidl US Operations, LLC wants to construct a new 35,962 square-foot supermarket on the 3.99-acre Pathmark site. But the “SC Shopping” zoning for that area requires seven acres. The zoning board ruled that the change in the larger acreage took place in 1997 and Pathmark was already there, essentially grandfathered. A legal ruling by the board allowed Lidl the same exception.

Other variances approved were relief from the three-foot width of landscaping on all sides of the building and the solicitor’s legal opinion that no variance was needed for the sign to be erected at the front of the site.

No one opposed the zoning variances at the hearing and zoning board members decided to grant the relief at the conclusion of the hearing.

Lidl representatives, at a recent informational meeting for residents of the area, said the new store will not open 24 hours a day and will have no deli, pharmacy or photo counter in the store. Seventy-five percent of what’s sold in the store will bear the Lidl brand name.

Deliveries cannot be made before 7 a.m. or after 10 p.m. and delivery trucks will reach the rear loading area along the west side of the property, sparing residents on Willowbrook Ave., where some of the homes overlook the parking lot on the east side, the noise of daily delivery traffic.  A solid screening fence will also separate the rear driveway of the Willowbrook homes from the parking lot.

Lidl, like Aldi, is well known in Europe but is just now beginning to build stores in the United States.  The township store will be the first in this region.

Representatives of the corporation could not be reached for information about dates for demolition or the construction schedule.

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