What's In Store

Lidl looks to open store in Charlotte’s University area

A Lidl store in Italy
A Lidl store in Italy Lidl

Low-cost German grocer Lidl is looking to build a 31,000-square-foot store in Charlotte’s University area, adding to the growing number of area stores the company has confirmed as it grows its U.S. presence.

Lidl (pronounced “Lee-dull,” like “needle”) would be on a rezoned 2.85 acres on the northwest corner of West Mallard Creek Church Road and Berkeley Place Drive, developer David Powlen confirmed at the Charlotte City Council meeting Monday night.

“We’re really excited to build a grocery store at that location. There are no other grocery stores that are walkable to all the multifamily apartment buildings that are nearby,” said Powlen, a studio principal at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting in Charlotte.

The City Council vote on the rezoning petition is next month.

The grocer has confirmed that it’s also targeting properties at South End, Monroe Road, Lake Norman and the Indian Land, S.C., area, among other locations. It plans to open its first store in the Charlotte market in 2018.

Lidl’s growth plans come as the grocery industry heats up in Charlotte. Lidl could face tough competition from another German grocer, Aldi, which said earlier this summer it would invest more than $3 billion over five years to open 650 new stores across the U.S.

Aldi has been hosting numerous hiring events across Charlotte the last several months.

Lidl has said it’s still developing its U.S. concept, but it will be a bit smaller than the typical grocery store. For reference, a standard Harris Teeter store in Charlotte is a bit more than 40,000 square feet.

The grocery chain, which operates nearly 10,000 stores in 26 countries, also said this summer that it will open a regional headquarters in Alamance County, about 55 miles northwest of Raleigh, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta