D.C.’s First Lidl Opens At Skyland, Bringing A Supermarket To Ward 7

Martin Austermuhle DCist

It only took ten seconds to cut the ribbon on a project that was more than 10 years in the making.

To great fanfare and excitement, D.C. officials and residents gathered Tuesday afternoon in Ward 7 to welcome the city’s first Lidl grocery store, which officially opens its doors to the public on Wednesday morning.

The moment was as heavy with history and symbolism as it was with celebration: the Lidl is the first full-service grocery story to be built east of the Anacostia River in more than a decade, and only the fourth grocery store that will now serve the almost 160,000 residents of wards 7 and 8. It was built at the 18.5-acre Skyland Town Center, a mixed-use development that had for years bedeviled city officials looking to land anchor tenants.

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