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Lidl is planning a store on the site of the former Colonial Downs betting parlor on West Broad Street. (PHOTO: Michael Thompson)

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — In a bid to set up shop between two of its rival’s new Richmond locations, a European grocery chain is eyeing the site of a vacant horse betting parlor for its newest store.

Lidl, through its Lidl US Operations LLC, filed preliminary plans April 28 with the Henrico County Planning Department for a 36,000-square-foot grocery store at 4700 W. Broad St.

The 3.72-acre parcel is currently home to the former Colonial Downs wagering center that closed last year as part of the horse racing organization’s unraveling.

Lidl’s plans call for replacing the 19,925-square-foot Colonial Downs building, which is owned by Colonial Downs LP, with parking that fronts West Broad Street. The grocery store would sit back from West Broad Street and have 182 parking spaces surrounding the one-story building.

If approved, the West Broad Street Lidl would be at least the sixth location the German grocery chain has in the works around Richmond. Its other sites are 11701 Iron Bridge Road and 1301 Mall Drive in Chesterfield County, and in Henrico County: 5110 S. Laburnum Ave., a site along Staples Mill Road and in the forthcoming GreenGate development in Short Pump.

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