McLean, VA – Lidl US announced plans to open its first store within the District of Columbia in Skyland Town Center, the 18.5-acre mixed-use development underway in Southeast Washington, D.C. The Skyland Development Team secured the lease with Lidl US, a grocer that sells its award-winning products in more than 65 stores across nine East Coast states.
Joining CVS and other restaurant and service uses, Lidl will occupy 29,089 square feet within the development, located in Ward 7 at the intersection of Alabama Avenue, Naylor Road, and Good Hope Road. The store will be the first internationally recognized full-service supermarket to enter Wards 7 and 8 since 2007.
“We are committed to opening stores in the most convenient location for our customers,” said Johannes Fieber, CEO of Lidl US. “We selected Skyland Town Center because it offers District residents an easily accessible, convenient and visible site. Understanding the history of the site and the tremendous anticipation from the community, we look forward to build a store customized for the shoppers of Skyland Town Center.”
Lidl US established their headquarters in Arlington, Virginia in 2015 and operates nine stores in the Washington, D.C. area. The addition of the store in Skyland Town Center will greatly improve the offerings in this neighborhood, which has seen minimal new development in recent decades. According to the Washington Economic Partnership, a non-profit public-private organization that supports economic growth in Washington, D.C., more than $300 million is lost in the retail, food, and drink sectors every year within one mile of the center due to the lack of retail development.
“Every corner of Washington, D.C. is a great place to do business. We are a city brimming with talent and opportunity—a community laser-focused on making our prosperity more inclusive and ensuring that as we grow, we do so in a way that benefits Washingtonians across all eight wards of the city, and sets our families and neighborhoods up for long-term success,” says Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Rappaport and WC Smith, who lead the retail and residential leasing and strategy respectively, partnered with the Government of the District of Columbia as well as other entities such as the Washington East Foundation and Skyland DC to redevelop Skyland Town Center over the last 15 years. Rappaport’s Jim Farrell, Thomas Bolen III and Michael Leon represented Skyland Town Center in the transaction.
“Lidl’s decision to locate at Skyland Town Center means that our future residents will have a top-quality supermarket at their doorstep,” says WC Smith CEO, Chris Smith. “WC Smith has long been active in this part of Southeast Washington, as we manage 4,300 apartments in Wards 7 and 8. Having Lidl so conveniently located will provide a significant boost to the neighborhood and a much-needed service to the people who live there.” Lidl’s unique and thriving supermarket concept offers high-quality grocery products as well as a variety of household goods, providing a diversified product assortment to east of the Anacostia River residents.
“I have dedicated myself to this project and built treasured relationships within this community, so success at Skyland Town Center is more important to me than any other project,” says Gary D. Rappaport, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rappaport. “Like so many great ones, the story of Skyland Town Center is rich and multilayered, and soon Washingtonians will be able to experience the much-anticipated Skyland Town Center vision in real life. We are so pleased to welcome Lidl to Skyland Town Center and thrilled to bring an innovative, modern retailer with fresh options to this deserving neighborhood.”
Skyland Town Center’s first phase of 84,500 square feet of retail includes CVS, which has been operating in a temporary trailer during construction, and 263 apartments to open in the fourth quarter of 2020. Lidl will be in a standalone building next door with nearly 200 dedicated surface parking spaces, a rarity for urban retail opportunities. The standalone building site’s construction will be managed by Lidl directly through a multimillion-dollar investment in the development.
Upon completion, Skyland Town Center will have up to 135,000 square feet of retail and 450 to 500 residential apartments in a vibrant town square setting. Deemed the largest retail development in Southeast Washington, D.C., Skyland Town Center will provide services and amenities to an underserved market east of the Anacostia River.