German discount supermarket chain Lidl is opening another location in Baltimore County, signing on as the anchor tenant in Lutherville-Timonium’s Padonia Village Shopping Center.
The international brand, which opened its first two county markets in Catonsville and Perry Hall in January, will lease 31,000 square feet in Padonia Village, taking the space of the former Green Valley Marketplace that closed in February after about a year in that location.
The new supermarket is expected to be operational by mid-2021, according to Continental Realty Corporation, which owns and manages the shopping center property.
“Considering the competitiveness of the grocery category along the York Road corridor, we believe Lidl represents the ideal solution as the new Padonia Village supermarket anchor and will attract new consumers from an expanded radius,” said David Donato, senior vice president of Continental Realty, in a statement.
Green Valley Marketplace, a locally-owned grocery chain with three locations in the greater Baltimore area, exited the shopping center, citing the competitive grocery market in Timonium and Towson. Green Valley was meant to fill the void left in the shopping center with the closure of its Mars grocery store in 2016.
There’s an Aldi, another discount German grocery chain, two miles away from Padonia Village on York Road, and a ShopRite, Food Lion and Giant within the same radius.
Commercial real estate marketing company Real Capital Analytics in a 2019 report found that grocery stores drive traffic to shopping centers and are less vulnerable to retail’s shift to online shopping despite a significant downturn in retail shopping.
Padonia Village spans 113,519 square feet retail and last year brought on four new tenants, including Uber Bagels & Deli, Taco Bravo and Vietnamese restaurant Pho Tan My. A GBMC Medical Partners will open a 13,766-square-foot primary care office there later this year, according to a news release.
Exterior renovations and facade improvements to the 51-year-old shopping center were completed last year. The facelift included new lighting and a re-imagined courtyard pocket park dubbed “the Green," meant to provide a gathering space for events, promotions and concerts.
Lidl began plans for a rapid expansion into the U.S. market in 2017. The international brand, whose U.S. headquarters is based in Arlington, Virginia, has 11,000 stores in 32 countries, including more than 95 stores in nine states on the east coast.