Lifestyle Foods is moving out of the city and plans to build a new headquarters in Dover Township.

The maker of healthy grab-and-go salads, sandwiches and snacks has an application before the township's zoning hearing board this week.

Board members will consider a special exception from the company to operate an agribusiness at 5107 West Canal Road, which is in the agricultural zoning district.

The public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Dover Township Building, 2480 W. Canal Road.

Lifestyle Foods is planning a headquarters in the township that would also handle packaging and distribution. On the 20 acres it will have in Dover and 80 to 100 acres in Paradise Township, the company will farm the land to grow ingredients for some of its products, according to Georgia Sprenkel, Dover Township zoning officer.

Growing business: The company, which has about 50 employees, has grown significantly since opening in 2005, said Lifestyle Foods spokesman Jeff Breil.

That's why the business is moving from 600 N. Hartley St. in York City to Dover Township, he said.

A company executive was not available for further comment.

If the zoning hearing board approves the proposal, the company will have to submit a land development plan to the township.

"This zoning hearing is just the first step in the process. If and when they get approval this week, then they submit the land development plan to lay out building plans, traffic studies, stormwater issues," Sprenkel said.

No other details, such as when the company plans to move, were available.

Lifestyle Foods has gradually grown and expanded its customer base to include the East Coast and as far west as Michigan. The company sells its products to convenience stores, colleges and universities, and gyms.

"More people are becoming health conscious and making better food choices, and there's a greater demand for our products," Breil said.

—Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.