D.C. residents celebrate new supermarket east of the Anacostia River

Michael Brice-Saddler, The Washington Post

D.C. residents on Tuesday celebrated the opening of a new supermarket east of the Anacostia River for the first time in 15 years — offering a much-needed grocer in a sector of the city that contains the highest concentration of food deserts.

The District’s first-ever Lidl food market opens this week at Skyland Town Center, an 18.5-acre mixed-use development that city officials broke ground on in 2014, though they are quick to note that plans to redevelop the site have been in the works for 30 years because of a litany of obstacles and legal delays — so long that five D.C. mayors have touched the project.

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