Lidl moving forward with South Boulevard store, will displace some apartment dwellers

Radio Center on South Boulevard
Radio Center on South Boulevard

Low-cost grocer Lidl is moving ahead with plans to build a store on South Boulevard at the current Radio Center property, a plan that will displace some apartment residents.

The site is across South Boulevard from the light rail, part of a booming South End corridor that’s seen record growth. The Providence Group has been marketing the site as a prime redevelopment opportunity, with parcels totaling 4 to 6.3 acres available.

As Observer news partner WBTV reported, residents of the apartment complex on the site have received notices that they have to move out, some by the end of November. The notices also cover businesses located in the center, including an auto repair shop and a tattoo parlor. According to the notice, the owners are under contract to sell to the grocery developer.

Nearby areas have seen huge redevelopments kick off already. In addition to the surge of apartments, Marsh Properties has torn down the Sedgefield Shopping Center for a major new mixed-use center to be anchored by Harris Teeter and include apartments and retail. The Pepsi Bottling site is also set to be redeveloped as a mixed-use project that will include apartments, retail and office, while Atherton Mill will see a major addition of more retail and apartments.

Lidl is similar to Aldi, another Germany-based discount grocer that has had a Charlotte presence for years. In addition to the South Boulevard site, Lidl plans to open stores in Mooresville, on Monroe Road, in Lake Norman and the Indian Land area.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo