In April alone, Delaware added two major companies to the grocery store market in Target in Prices Corner and Trader Joe’s in Christiana Fashion Center.
But that’s not all for new grocery stores in Delaware. A few more new stores, each with their own niche, are expected to open later this year.
Here’s the latest.
Stanton Produce Junction is about to open
After delays due to the pandemic, Produce Junction is setting up its new Stanton store due to open later this month.
Produce Junction spokesman Chris Laino said the company’s best estimate of the store opening is Monday May 24th.
The store replaces the Thrift Center in a small strip center along West Newport Pike.
There are three sections in Produce Junction stores: fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Within these departments, the company is known for stocking items not normally found in the area, including dragon fruit, rambutan, and cactus leaves.
Produce Junction operates 19 locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware from its shipping warehouse and headquarters in Swedesboro, New Jersey. The only location in Delaware is in Dover on Route 13.
Produce Junction announced the location in October 2019. In July 2020, Laino said the project was delayed due to difficulties securing contractors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The new Aldi comes to the center of Christiana
According to Bob Grammer, an Aldi official, the German discounter Aldi is planning to open a new store in Christiana city center.
Grammer said the store will be located at 317 W. Main St., where the Staples are between the Old Navy and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Through a spokesman, Grammer declined to make further comments.
Allied Properties, which operates Christiana city center, did not respond to a request for comment.
Online marketing materials show that the 20,000 square foot space Staples occupies is “at least” available.
Aldi will be the first grocery store in Christiana city center. The mall has been almost at full capacity since Urban Air Adventure Park filled most of the extension at the rear of the property in December.
The mall also features Boscovs, Planet Fitness and Five Below, among others.
In January, Aldi announced it would open its first Sussex County store in the former Kmart building on the Coastal Highway. The company has not given a timeline for opening the store. There are six Aldi stores in Delaware.
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Lidl in Bear seems almost finished
The new Lidl on Pulaski Highway and Salem Church Road in Bear will appear shortly before completion. Lidl spokesman Chandler Ebeier did not respond to a request for comment.
Last year, the company added the Bear location to a list of 50 U.S. stores expected to open in late 2021. Lidl replaces the Countryside Nursery and Garden Center.
Like its German counterpart Aldi, Lidl pays off as an inexpensive, high-quality alternative to traditional “Ausstech” grocery stores.
Around 90% of Lidl’s products are manufactured under its own private label. The store’s offerings are more limited than traditional grocery stores and will appear in the boxes they were shipped in rather than being stocked on the shelves by staff.
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