by Lisa Tome
There's a building boom along the Route 40 corridor in Elkton.
Within the coming months, at least three businesses will set up shop.
Site work is underway at the new Wawa near Landing Lane.
The Wawa will be a 4,670 square foot building at the current site where the Knights of Columbus building was recently razed. It will have six fuel pumps. Diesel fuel will not be sold. According to Theresa Thomas of Elkton's building department, Wawa has obtained permits for the grading and sediment control portions of the project.
The new Elkton Ford will be open before Christmas, across Route 40 from The current Ramsey Ford of Elkton.
The initial plans approved by the Town of Elkton include a 24,602 square foot building. The new dealership will double the service bays to 16.
The new location will also allow owner Mark Hyman to expand his business.
He is part of the Ford Business Preferred Network which allows him to sell bigger trucks, up to the including the 650 and 750 models.
Ramsey also has a partnership with Roush Racing. and will sell three models of electric cars. There will be charging stations at the new dealership.
Hyman said last week, that the doors of the new dealership will open ahead of schedule. "It's incredible. Really incredible. I'm really excited," said Hyman. Another business, a grocery chain is also coming to the Route 40 area. Concept plans have been submitted for German grocery chain Lidl to be built in the area of the old Rose's Diner. Plans for Lidl include a 36,170 square foot store.
Lidl confirmed expansion plans to the U.S. over the summer. Lidl has also been seeking a site for a distribution center. No plans have been as yet submitted for that.