Bridgeville Events
Thursday, September 06, 2001

Bridgeville center will include grocery, drug stores, eateries

By Lynn R. Parks

Like the old song says about Kansas City, everything's going up in Bridgeville. Two major construction projects are ongoing and when complete, will provide townspeople with a new grocery store, drug store and convenience store. Construction has started on a shopping center east of Bridgeville. According to Mike Zimmerman, president of BBC Properties, Dover, the firm that is developing the property, the center is scheduled to open in February. Contractor is Seaview Builders, Dover. The Bridgeville Park Center will be anchored by a 38,000 square foot Food Lion, "about as big as Seaford's Food Lion, Zimmerman said. The center will also have a 12,000 square foot Happy Harry's drug store and an 8,000 square foot Family Dollar store. About 10,500 square feet of retail space has been leased out to various smaller businesses, including a pizza shop, a liquor store and a Chinese restaurant. Dominoes Pizza will also be in the center.
Construction of an addition to house a hardware store, about 12,000 square feet, is being considered. "I have 25 acres there," Zimmerman said. "There could be some additional development." Zimmerman said that he is "talking to a number of people" about locating in the four "out parcels" on the perimeter of the property. "I have been working toward this development for four years," Zimmerman said. "Traffic is strong there and it is easier for tourists to stop there for something than to stop in Rehoboth. Combine that with the population in the surrounding areas, it is a very good location."

Zimmerman's company will continue to own the center once development is complete and will lease out retail space. The company also owns the Happy Harry's building in Seaford, the Food Lion shopping center in Harrington, Happy Harry's at Five Points near Lewes, the Georgetown Wal-Mart and a Food Lion in Centreville.
In June, Bob Duncan of Duncan Petroleum, Dover, started renovations on an old gasoline station at the corner of Market and Main streets. The Super Soda Center, similar to two such centers in Seaford also owned by Duncan, will open by the end of this month. "We rebuilt the whole [building]," said Duncan. The second story, which Duncan added to the existing building, will house an apartment for the manager of the store. The Super Soda Center will sell ' naturally ' sodas. It will also have grocery items and cigarettes and will sell gasoline. "Bridgeville is a town we have not been in before," Duncan said. "And that corner is an excellent location."

Antique Tractor "Truck" Car Show Sept. 22
The 1st state annual Antique Tractor"Truck"Car Show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m., at Greenwood, Deep Grass and Hunting Quarter Intersection. There will be food, entertainment, a flea market, and an auction.For more information, call Carol Warrington at 302-875-7427, or Bruce Reeder, 302-684-1971.