EATONTOWN: Work on what will be the borough's first grocery store since PathMark closed its doors years ago has begun.
Site work on the large lot that will eventually be the home to the first Lidl in Monmouth County has commenced according to Borough Engineer Ed Herrman.
"They did a pretty extensive tree-clearing operation in furtherance of the commencement of construction activity over there," Herrman said at the December meeting of the Eatontown Council.
LIDL, US, LCC, applied to and received approval from the Eatontown Planning Board to build the 35,962-square-foot grocery store "together with required parking and site improvements" at 136 Route 35, Eatontown, and received it during a Nov. 7 special meeting.
The site is located next to Lowe's and across the street from Toys 'R Us in what was once a heavily wooded area.
Lidl is a European grocery store chain with 10,000 stores in 27 countries that is now expanding to the United States; specifically the East Coast.
The developer received several variances, mostly associated with the parking area's landscaping. Lidl also received variances for rear yard setbacks, the height of the retaining wall and the the amount of trees that will be cut down to make way for the store.
Mayor Dennis Connelly said the developer also agreed to add sidewalks along the site's Route 35 frontage; a feature that was not originally included in the plan.