Last week Camden residents began to notice that there were signs of new construction just behind Cheddar’s Casual Café at the corner of Dupont Highway and Lochmeath Way in south Camden. The ground has been broken, fencing surrounds a plot of land and heavy machinery sits on the site. Camden is once again preparing for a growth spurt.
When the plans were approved for the building of Cheddar’s Casual Café, a set of retail shops were also approved to be built at a later time, according to Camden Town Manager, Aaron Chaffinch. Ground has been broken on the new spaces just behind Cheddar’s. These new shops bring an added benefit to the residents of south Camden, Chaffinch said.
“It certainly will be good for the south end of town and for people coming from that direction, just like the one up at Redner’s will be for the north end,” Chaffinch said. “It will be an opportunity for people not to have to go all the way to the north end of town.”
The firm handling the construction of the property is Middletown-based GGA Construction. The space is set to measure 9,900 square feet, according to Jamie Fenske, Camden’s town clerk. It is still unclear as to how many spaces the site will actually include.
“They’re not sure how many people are going in there,” Fenske said. “They’re not sure on it yet.”
Calls to GGA to acquire more specifics about the project were not returned by the Dover Post’s deadline.
The owner of the property is Charles Owensby, the developer behind the Camden Town Center and Cheddar’s, according to Chaffinch.
As of yet Chaffinch was not aware of any confirmed retailers for the future building, but he views this new venture as a win-win for the town and the future retailers.
The ground breaking on this southern retail space comes on the heels of the construction of a new shopping center at CR Plaza. After a short lull, Camden seems to be easing back into development that was in full swing about six years ago, Chaffinch said.
“We’re growing,” he said. “Camden used to be a lot smaller and now we’re growing on both ends and to the side.”
Chaffinch attributes Camden’s growth to its central location, good school districts and other amenities, which make it an attractive place for everyone from young families to seniors.
Page 2 of 2 - “I think Camden is a good market for this,” Chaffinch said, “It is also good for the town as it continues to grow and prosper.”
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