German grocer has a Lidl interest in a Lewisville location

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Map showing location of Lidl's proposed store, bordering LISD property. (Image via LISD agenda packet)

Lidl, a discount supermarket chain with 10,000 stores across Europe, is bringing stores to the U.S. While the company’s primary real-estate interests seem to be along the east coast, Lidl has taken some initial steps to open up in southern Lewisville.

So far Lidl has submitted to the city a preliminary plat, a mapping of a proposed site for construction, of the nearly 5-acre parcel of land at the southwest corner of FM 3040 and Valley Parkway, Lewisville planning manager Richard Luedke said.

“We do not have an official submittal for a site plan for a grocery store in that area,” Luedke said. “The preliminary plat is kind of the first step.”

For it to be official, Lidl will have to submit a final plat and an engineering site plan, which demonstrates minimum compliance with development regulations. Those documents are then looked at for approval by different city departments that form the Development Review Committee, Luedke said.

Lidl has not responded to requests for more information yet, but the story will be updated as more information is received.

The German grocery chain also reached out to Lewisville ISD in hopes of receiving a letter of support or no objection, as the plot of land neighbors Lewisville High School Harmon and the store would sell alcohol. Senior manager of real estate for Lidl U.S. Justin Figley reported to the district that the store’s alcohol sales would probably account for less than 10 percent of the establishment’s sales.

Lewisville City Ordinance section 17-30 (c) prohibits the sale of alcohol within 300 feet of a church, school or hospital. The measurement of distance is determined by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Code section 109.33, which says it is measured by a direct line to and from each property line.

While the entrance of Lidl would be more than 2,000 feet away from the entrances to Harmon and its aquatics center when measured along property lines at the street fronts, the property of the proposed store is adjacent to an empty lot that also belongs to LISD, making the two properties touch.

LISD administration and school board alike denied the grocer’s request, citing a goal to “[p]rovide all learners with safe, nurturing, inclusive and flexible learning environments.”

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