Independent gourmet grocer Dorothy Lane Market broke ground Thursday on its first store in two decades as demand grows for specialty, artisan markets.
The store, set to be located in Mason, Ohio, will be the chain’s fourth and largest store to date. Once completed, it will have an approximately 50,000-square-foot main level and a 9,000-square-foot mezzanine that will include an on-site Culinary Center, per the press release. The new store will also employ between 250 and 300 associates, according to Dayton Daily News.
This is the first location DLM has opened since 2002, when it debuted its 40,000-square-foot Springboro, Ohio, store.
DLM tapped Cintech Construction, a general contractor familiar with retail spaces, in October after finalizing store design plans, according to the announcement. Once the project is further along, Cintech will provide a projection for the store’s opening date.
The new site is located on the corner of Mason-Montgomery and Western Row Roads and is part of a mixed-use planned community called Mosaic that will include residential, office and other retail spaces in addition to the DLM store, according to the local news report.
DLM currently has storefronts in the Dayton, Ohio, area with locations in Oakwood, Washington Square and Springboro. In addition, the gourmet grocer has a cake shop and a Culinary Center location in the same area, per its website. The Mayne family, who founded the business in 1948, still locally own and operate DLM.