US 13 still growing
By Lynn R. Parks
This summer will see the opening of at least two new businesses
along US 13 east of Seaford, according to city building official
Charles Anderson. And with the recent annexation of a 108-acre farm
north of Wal-Mart, that could be only the beginning.
The annexation was agreed to by Seaford voters in April. Original
plans called for an eight-screen movie complex, a grocery superstore
and at least two national restaurants, as well as an assisted-living
"So far, we have received conceptual plans only," said Anderson.
"We have gotten nothing concrete."
estate agent Tommy Cooper is handling development of the property.
"He is over the annexation milestone," said Anderson. "The ball is
in his court now." Cooper was unavailable for comment.
Just south of that property, the Hampton Inn is well under construction.
Anderson said that he expects the three-story, 64-room hotel to open
by the end of summer. According to assistant city manager Ron Breeding,
reservations are already being accepted for the September NASCAR race
at Dover Downs.
Happy Harry's, south of the Food Lion, should receive its certificate
of occupancy by the end of June, Anderson said.
The certificate is issued by the city after all inspections are made.
It is possible, said Anderson, that the store will be stocked before
that time and that once the certificate is issued, the doors will
Behind Happy Harry's, Seaview Builders, Harrington, is constructing
a building that will eventually have four retail units in it. Anderson
said that he expects the center to be open sometime this summer.
But all news along the busy highway is not good. Plans for a Goose
Creek convenience store at the corner of US 13 and Middleford Road
have been scrapped by the owner of the property, Cato Oil, of Salisbury,
Michael Abercrombie, company vice president, said that the decision
to forego construction of the store was prompted by a "changing marketplace"
and lower gasoline profit margins.
The corner property, which Cato has owned for 30 years, is now up
The property would be ideal for a fast-food store or other business,
Whoever develops it will need to install a guardrail along Middleford
Road, mandated by the Delaware Department of Transportation.