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Laura Stetser

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP –Proposals for a Lidl grocery store at the site of the former Trocki Hebrew Academy, a private clay shooting range at Hidden Creek Golf Club and accommodations related to the addition of an off-track betting facility within Chickie's and Pete’s restaurant are all slated for public hearings during the Monday, March 20 Planning Board meeting.

Lidl grocery store

LIDL US Operations, LLC. is seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval for a 14-acre site located at 6814 Black Horse Pike. The plans call for the subdivision of the property into two lots. The first of which would be 4.92 acres and would contain the 35,962-square-foot grocery store with 180 paved parking spots. The remainder of the parcel will consist of 9.08 acres and will contain the existing building known as the Trocki Hebrew Academy.

Lidl is a German chain of grocery stores which has set out to take hold in the U.S. marketplace this year, with 100 new locations, according to an article in Business Insider, which stated the company has 10,000 other stores in 27 countries. According to the article, a company presentation on the expansion called the brand a mix between Trader Joe’s and Harris Teter grocery store chains.

An email to the company for additional information was not returned yet.

Another grocery store chain, Aldi already obtained planning board approval to construct its 18,000-square-foot grocery store on the north side of the intersection of the Black Horse Pike and Tower Avenue. Construction is already underway at the intersection of Fire Road and Black Horse Pike for the Walmart Supercenter, which will include also grocery store.

Off-track wagering

The ACRA Turf Club, LLC. is seeking minor site plan approval for its plan to become a subtenant of 2,025-square-foot within Chickie and Pete’s restaurant, located at 6055 Black Horse Pike.

The space is proposed to be used as an off-track wagering facility. If passed, the restaurant will be changed from its current layout of 332 seats to accommodate 229 seats, 84 seats reserved for off-track wagering, 6 seats for tellers at the part-time pari-mutuel counter and 6 automated wager stations for a total facility of 325 seats.

Also set for this week is a separate hearing by the New Jersey Racing Commission during its March meeting set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at the Egg Harbor Township municipal building. The agency will take public comments related to whether to allow on a proposal to allow bets on horse races at Chickie’s and Pete’s. The commission’s meeting starts 5 p.m. Tuesday in the township’s courtroom, but the public hearing on Chickie’s and Pete’s is set for 7 p.m.

Clay shooting facility

Hidden Creek Golf Club, LLC., located at 75 Asbury Road, is seeking approval for an amended major site plan to allow the club to construct a sporting clay course with 15 shooting stations located along an 8-foot wide trail surfaced with gravel or crushed shells.

An existing parking area and clubhouse are slated to be converted for this use. Approximately one-half acre would need to be cleared at the private club.

The board will hold a separate public hearing for each application prior to voting on the matter. The meeting is set to begin at 5 p.m. in the courtroom of the Municipal Building, 3515 Bargaintown Road. The meeting agenda can be viewed online at

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