The developers of the $50 million project near Morgan State University said Monday that Lidl has signed a lease for a more-than-30,000-square-foot spot in what will be known as Northwood Commons.
It will anchor the 100,000-square-foot center, which is planned to include Barnes & Noble College Cafe and a state-of-the-art public safety building for the university. The project is expected to be finished by early 2022.
The grocer markets itself with low prices, easy-to-shop stores with just six aisles and a curated selection of mostly private label products. It began opening U.S. stores in the summer of 2017 and now runs more than 75 in nine East Coast states with Maryland locations in Aberdeen, Bowie, College Park and Hagerstown and more planned.
Northwood Plaza is being redeveloped by a joint venture that includes Baltimore-based MCB Real Estate, MLR Partners and Northwood S.C., the center’s owner since the late 1980s.
The Morgan State community “has been yearning for decades for a place nearby to shop for fresh food, and now we finally have one,” said Dr. David Wilson, the university’s president, in an announcement.
Mark Renbaum, managing partner of MLR Partners, said the development team was able to attract Lidl by working cooperatively with Morgan State, the Baltimore Development Corp., and state and city governments.
“This project is a true example of what is possible when neighborhoods, community, government and private interests collaborate,” said P. David Bramble, managing partner for MCB Real Estate, in Monday’s announcement.
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