Montclair’s Lackawanna Plaza has been without a supermarket since November 2015.
Lidl, the German supermarket chain that was selected for the Lackawanna Plaza site, has announced the opening of 50 new stores, but Montclair is not on the list. The chain will open New Jersey stores in Park Ridge, Weehawken and Woodbridge.
The Planning Board approved the plan for Lidl in February 2019, but a One Greenwood, LLC and A Better Lackawanna, LLC filed a complaint in June 2019 against the Montclair Planning Board and the Township of Montclair regarding their approval of the Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment application.
“There is no update at this time. It’s a real shame that the project was appealed after years of work to develop a supermarket in the fourth ward for Montclair,” says Brian M. Stolar, President and CEO, Pinnacle Companies.
“Access to healthy and affordable groceries is essential to the wellbeing of our residents and therefore our community,” says Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller. “While the township does not have the authority to dictate that a supermarket be built at Lackawanna Plaza, I will continue to do everything in my power as mayor to persuade all stakeholders that one be included in any project and that it happen as quickly as possible.”
In July 2019, Hampshire & Pinnacle Companies issued a statement in response to the lawsuit. Stoler said then that “the small faction of residents suing is controlling the fate of tax revenue for 40,000 Montclair residents and thousands in the fourth ward who have told us repeatedly that they need a grocery store at that site.”