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A vacant building at the corner of Carlisle Road and Hilton Avenue, in Dover Township, will be the site of a new Lidl discount grocery store.

A $500,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant will partially fund the $11.5 million project, which includes demolition and  ground-up construction of the new store, according to an Aug. 1 news release.

It was one of five RACP grants totaling $11.3 million awarded in York County this month.

The grants, administered by the state Office of the Budget, are designated for economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects that have a regional or multijurisdictional impact and benefit the economy. 

"The existing building at the site has been vacant for years and has been an eyesore in our community,” stated state Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township.

Back in 2015, the Lidl grocery store company purchased the former Spangler's supermarket building, at 3025 Carlisle Road, for more than $2.7 million. 

More:German grocery chain buys Dover building

Its second York County purchase, in 2016, will anchor a shopping center near York College, in Spring Garden Township, and is scheduled to open later this month.

The grand opening is Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 980 S. Richland Ave., with activities, prize giveaways and samples through Aug. 25.

More:New shopping center planned near York College

More:German-based Lidl buys Spring Garden Township building

Both properties were bought from Spring Lane LLC, according to the York County Recorder of Deeds' office.

A third store is planned for the east side of Mount Zion Road, between Concord Road and the Route 30 eastbound entrance. Springettsbury Township officials approved the new addition, to be built in conjunction with a new Royal Farms convenience store, in 2018.

More: Springettsbury officials OK plans for Royal Farms, Lidl grocery store

Grove thanked Sen. Mike Regan, R-Dillsburg, for helping to secure the RACP grant for the Dover project, and he touted the economic value of the store and new jobs it would provide to local residents. 

Lidl has operated since 1973, when its first store opened in Germany.

It expanded throughout Europe in the 1990s, and opened its first U.S. store in 2017. The company now has 10,500 stores in 29 countries, according to its website.

Only two others are located in Pennsylvania — in Easton, Northampton County, and Folsom, Delaware County.

Lidl partners with local and regional farms and suppliers, offers products from all over the world, changes its assortment twice a week, provides mostly private-label selections and has a bring-your-own-bag policy.

Products range from food to home and gardening, toys and power tools.

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