**FILE** Courtesy of Lidl

Residents in Wards 7 who’ve long envisioned the convenience of a grocery store in their community can look forward to a full-service, discount supermarket when the Lidl grocery chain takes anchor late next year.

While a store is being planned for the 18-acre Skyland Town Center at Good Hope and Naylor roads near Alabama Avenue in Southeast, there was no mention of that site when the Arlington County-headquartered German grocery operations announced on May 17 it would open three stores in the greater D.C. area.

According to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office, the new store will be the first internationally recognized full-service grocery store to open east of the Anacostia River in 12 years.

Bowser, who noted that four mayors have worked on the project, said in announcing the deal earlier that she will be the last mayor to work on the store’s launch from start to finish.

Lidl, which currently operates 65 stores across the country, plans to have more than 100 stores by the end of 2020.

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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