Supermarket Smackdown: 12-Year Battle of Grocers in East Brandywine Reaches Uneasy Settlement

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Last month, the East Brandywine Township board of supervisors approved a controversial agreement to settle a portion of litigation involving a longstanding dispute between grocers. Natalie Kostelni reported the peacemaking moves for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Since 2010, Carlino Commercial Development has been attempting to build a grocery-anchored shopping center on a 10-acre property in the township. The developer already has the deed to the plot and a lead tenant, Giant Food Stores.

A groundbreaking, however, has been delayed by opposition from Brandywine Village Associates. The firm developed the Brandywine Village Shopping Center where the Cropper family operates Crop’s Fresh Marketplace, a grocery store next door to the intended Giant.

“This is all about Cropper’s inability to compete and maintain a monopoly,” said Peter Miller, president of Carlino Commercial Development.

Part of the litigation involves a new connector road the township wants to build near the property and is using condemnation to seize land for it.

The settlement waives approximately $6.6 million in damages potentially obligated by the township. Marc Kaplin of Kaplin Stewart (the developer’s representative) called the action “a total hoax.”

He is working on nullifying it.

Read more about the legal wrangling in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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