Gourmet grocer Dorothy Lane Market expands in Greater Cincinnati with $150M project

Dorothy Lane Market is expanding into Greater Cincinnati. The family-owned chain of gourmet...
Dorothy Lane Market is expanding into Greater Cincinnati. The family-owned chain of gourmet grocery stores will open its first location outside the Dayton region in Mason in 2023, according to store spokeswoman Jessie Kuhn.(Provided by Dorothy Lane Market)
Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 11:31 AM EDT
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MASON, Ohio (WXIX) - Dorothy Lane Market announced plans Wednesday to open its first store in Greater Cincinnati as part of a $150 million mixed-use development.

It will be located in the Warren County city of Mason on the corner of Mason-Montgomery and Western Row roads, according to a news release from the company.

Dorothy Lane will face Mason-Montgomery Road in the site of the former Western Row Golf Course.

Besides the gourmet grocer, this new 70-acre mixed-use development will feature 80,000 square feet of specialty retail and restaurants.

Pending all final agreements and approvals, the store will break ground next year, store spokeswoman Jessie Kuhn, tells FOX19 NOW.

Dorothy Lane Market (DLM) is expected to open in the last half of 2023, which is the 75th anniversary of the store, she said.

The fourth-generation family-owned business currently operates three stores in the Dayton area: Oakwood, Washington Township, and Springboro.

In recent years, DLM become nationally known for its Killer Brownies with a variety of flavors including seasonal additions.

“We’re very excited by the prospect of joining the Mason community,” Norman Mayne, DLM owner, said.

“For over 70 years, we’ve been serving customers in Dayton, but also many who come to us from the Greater Cincinnati area. We’ve been searching for years for the right place for a store there,” he said.

The development will feature five lakes, a waterfront boardwalk, and walking paths with a central green connecting the store with restaurants, and retail shops to a boutique hotel and a residential lifestyle community with up to 120 residences) on the site, as well as nearby neighborhoods.

The city of Mason has announced the purchase of 27-acres adjacent to and part of the mixed-use development for an “innovation-driven” business park to attract key industry sectors in tech and biohealth.

“We feel fortunate to have found this excellent location in Mason. It’s been great to work with the city of Mason and we already feel at home there,” Mayne said.

“We look forward to continuing our work together to create an exciting food destination that will serve Mason and the entire Greater Cincinnati community.”

Traditions Building & Development Group is co-developing the project with Western Row Land Developers, the property owners.

“Dorothy Lane Market will be a wonderful anchor for our new walkable community, which will create an exciting destination for upscale retail and restaurants and the latest in lifestyle living opportunities,” Tom Humes, President of Traditions Group and project co-developer, said.

Mason City Council acted on the project at its meeting earlier this week, putting the mixed-use project in motion. That includes the purchase of the future business park property and authorizing incentives to further infrastructure and shared access.

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