FLEMINGTON, NJ – The Lidl supermarket planned for a ramshackle group of properties on Route 31 north is inching towards reality.
Company representatives appeared before the borough’s Planning Board Monday for a hearing to determine if their plans are complete.
Mayor Phil Greiner said a few more details are required, and that a public hearing on the proposal has tentatively been set for Oct. 2.
The plans for the 35,962-square-foot store would require demolishing the mostly vacant Kitchen Expo plaza and the former Toy Kingdom store. The existing Wendy’s restaurant would also be demolished, and a new one built on the site. The proposal is for the three separate properties to be combined into one, and then subdivided again into two properties, Greiner said.
The new Wendy’s would be 2,943 square feet.
Lidl operates about 10,000 stores in 27 countries throughout Europe. It established its U.S. headquarters in Arlington County, Va. in 2015.
Lidl will face an increasingly competitive supermarket environment here; an Aldi’s market is now under construction in the former Sports Authority location in Flemington Mall. It is expected to open in the fall.