A German-based discount grocery chain with no active U.S. stores has made its second York County purchase.

Lidl, which operates nearly 10,000 stores in 26 European countries, purchased a 33,000-square-foot grocery store building set to anchor a new shopping center near York College in Spring Garden Township.

The company purchased the building at 980 S. Richland Ave. for $2.5 million on March 5 from Spring Lane LLC, according to the York County Recorder of Deeds' office.

Lidl is still in the early stages of launching its expansion into the U.S. market, according to a June press release, which announced it would be establishing its U.S. headquarters in Arlington County, Virginia.

Lidl had recently purchased the former Spangler's supermarket, at 3025 Carlisle Road in Dover. for $2.7 million. That purchase was also from Spring Lane.

George Bullard, the manager of Spring Lane, did not return a request for comment, and Lidl U.S. representatives were unable to be reached.

Spring Lane had recently purchased the 5.5-acre property at the corner of South Richland Avenue and Country Club Road that includes the grocery store building, according to a Rock Commercial Real Estate release.

The property, which will also include a 20,000-square-foot, 11-unit retail center, will be called Shoppes at Wyndham.

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