BIRDSBORO, Pa. -

Residents of Birdsboro, Berks Co., may soon get their wish -- a grocery store of their own.

MB Investments, a business owned by J.P. Mascaro and Sons, has announced plans to buy five acres of land from St. Mark's Lutheran Church in the borough.

"The intent of the purchase is to create a small town center for the residents of Birdsboro and their immediate neighbors," Steve Lusky, a Birdsboro councilman, said Friday. "The hallmark of the center will be a 25,000 square-foot grocery store with additional complimentary shops."

Several local grocery store chains have shown "intense interest" in the project, according to Lusky, who declined to be specific about which ones.

By comparison, stores that Giant and Weis recently opened in Berks County are at least twice the size of the one planned in Birdsboro, but size doesn't seem to matter to the borough.

"This project is a culmination of years of effort to find a developer willing and capable of bringing a first class grocery store to the borough," Lusky said.

The borough said it expects to know more details of the plans in the next 15 to 30 days.