NORTH BRUNSWICK – A new grocery store is expected to open next year in the township replacing a vacant A&P site.

Lidl, a German-based discount supermarket chain with more than 10,000 global locations, will occupy 26,000 square feet of retail space at the North Brunswick Shopping Center off of Route 1, North Brunswick officials said on Sept. 4.

The discount food store replaces A&P, which closed in 2015 after declaring bankruptcy, leaving a sizable vacant footprint in the township.

Township officials applauded the future arrival of the German store, which is expected in the spring.

“I know this is welcoming news to many in our community, particularly our senior citizens who live in close proximity to the shopping center,” said Mayor Francis Womack, “and have missed the opportunity to walk to a local grocery store.”

Lidl will soon have 71 stores in the U.S. according to Forbes, and has three locations in New Jersey. By the end of next year, the grocery store is anticipated to have 100 under the Lidl name.

The discount chain recently purchased 27 Best Market Grocery stores, which has locations in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

“Lidl is a welcome new anchor for the shopping center and will certainly be welcomed by the local community,” said Michael Hritz, township director of Community Development.

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Christopher Lang is a freelance correspondent for MonroeNow. Previously he was part of The Record-USA Today Network and served as an editor for a decade at NJMG.