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Six Lidl stores open June 15 including Wilson

Posted June 12

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Lidl’s first North Carolina grocery stores are opening on June 15 including multiple stores in our viewing area!

The new low-cost grocery stores will open in Greenville, Rocky Mount, Sanford, Kinston, Winston-Salem AND Wilson.

Originally, the Wilson store was not on the list of stores opening on June 15, but Lidl just announced that they will have their Grand Opening along with the other 5 North Carolina stores on June 15. The Wilson store is located at the intersection of Raleigh Road Parkway and Airport Blvd.

Store hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

According to their press release, each store will have a grand opening celebration lasting 4 days with a ribbon cutting at 7:40 on June 15.

The grand opening celebration includes:

* First 100 customers to arrive at each of the North Carolina stores get a chance to win up to $100 in Lidl gift cards

* Complimentary Lidl reusable bag, while supplies last

* Free sampling of Lidl products

* Games, activities, prizes and more

Lidl, a European grocer, is very similar to Aldi in size and product variety. There are also locations being built in Wake Forest and Wilson and those stores will be opening later this summer. Specific dates have not yet been released.

They have new Fresh 5 specials each Thursday and Monday including three fresh fruits and vegetables and two meats that are deeply discounted. They also have new themed specials offered weekly starting on Thursdays. You'll need to bring your own bags as well.

A representative at the Lidl corporate office indicated that they will be sharing more details regarding coupon acceptance, specific opening weekend specials and accepted forms of payment before the stores open. The grand opening specials will be "amazing" according to the company representative and I will let you know what they are as soon as the information is made public.

See below for the full press release and details about Lidl.

GRAHAM, NC – The wait is over: Lidl’s first North Carolina stores will open on June 15 in Kinston, Greenville, Rocky Mount, Sanford and Winston-Salem. Each store will kick off a four-day grand opening celebration starting with a ribbon cutting at 7:40 a.m. that day. The five North Carolina stores are among nine total that Lidl U.S. plans to open on June 15.

“We are extremely excited to open our first five stores in North Carolina on June 15,” said Brendan Proctor, President and CEO of Lidl US. “Lidl is grocery shopping retooled and refreshed, and we are looking forward to opening our doors in communities across the state in a few short weeks. At Lidl, we are committed to delivering our customers less complexity, lower prices, better choices, and greater confidence every single day.”

Lidl Grand Opening Celebrations and Specials

Addresses to the North Carolina stores opening on June 15 are included below. Customers at each store will be able to take advantage of special, limited-time grand opening deals and offers. Additionally, the first 100 customers to arrive at each of our North Carolina stores will receive a wooden coin for a chance to win up to $100 in Lidl gift cards. Shoppers also can sample an array of Lidl’s products and get a complimentary Lidl reusable bag, while supplies last. The fun continues throughout Grand Opening weekend with games, activities, prizes and more.

Store Address

Kinston, NC, 4050 W Vernon Ave

Greenville, NC, 1800 East Fire Tower Rd

Sanford, NC, 3209 NC 87 South

Rocky Mount, NC, 940 N Wesleyan Blvd

Winston-Salem, NC, 3315 Sides Branch Rd

Lidl will offer a simple and efficient approach to grocery shopping, which will mean huge savings for Lidl shoppers. When entering a store this summer, shoppers can expect to get top quality goods and groceries at up to 50 percent less than other supermarkets in the United States*. They can also expect to see the following:

Newly-Built, Beautiful Stores and Easy-to-Shop Layouts: All Lidl stores opening this summer will be newly constructed facilities, featuring a manageable, easy-to-shop layout of 20,000 square feet with only six aisles.

Fresh Baked Goods: Customers will be greeted each day with the smell of Lidl’s top-quality breads and pastries, which are baked fresh throughout the day. A bakery will be located at the entrance of each store.

Healthy, Sustainable Choices: Lidl is committed to offering a wide range of healthy and sustainable options. All fresh and frozen seafood in Lidl’s everyday assortment will be certified sustainable by either the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), or the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). Lidl’s high quality private label products will not have certified synthetic colors, added MSG or partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) containing trans fats.

Organic and Gluten-Free Options: Lidl will carry a variety of organic and gluten-free items including organic fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, and packaged food items, which will all be available at the lowest possible prices.

Lidl’s Top Quality Products: About 90 percent of the high quality groceries available at Lidl will be exclusive brand products. Each product on Lidl shelves will be rigorously tested to ensure that it meets our high quality standards. Several items have already won acclaim in the United States, including award-winning cheeses recognized in the 2017 Los Angeles International Dairy Competition, and a range of baby products that have earned the Parent-Tested, Parent-Approved seal of approval.

Lidl Surprises: Lidl offers an ever-changing selection of non-food products each week that will be in stores for a limited time. The selection will include fitness gear, small kitchen appliances, toys, and outdoor furniture, among other non-food items.

Store Hours: Lidl is open during prime shopping times. Stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

*Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.

About Lidl

Lidl operates more than 10,000 stores in 27 countries throughout Europe, offering customers the highest quality fresh produce, meat, bakery items and a wide array of household products at the lowest possible prices. Lidl first established its U.S. headquarters in Arlington County, Virginia in June 2015. Since then, it has announced regional headquarters and distribution centers in Spotsylvania County, Virginia; Alamance County, North Carolina and Cecil County, Maryland.

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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jun 7, 11:59 a.m.

    kipfran - you were right! Lidl just officially announce that the Wilson store is opening on June 15 as well. How fun!

    gonagain - The corporate office is not releasing the opening date of that store but I'll post as soon as we know.

    I drove by the new Lidl in Wake Forest yesterday and it's getting there.

  • gonagain Jun 2, 4:00 p.m.

    There's also a Lidl under construction at 4308 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 30, 9:51 p.m.

    Update: A representative at the Lidl corporate office indicated that they will be sharing more details regarding coupon acceptance, specific opening weekend specials and accepted forms of payment before the stores open. The grand opening specials will be "amazing" according to the company representative and I will let you know what they are as soon as the information is made public.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 30, 9:50 p.m.

    kipfran - the store in Wilson is not opening on June 15 according to the LIDL corporate office. That store and the Wake Forest store are slated to open up late this summer.

  • kipfran May 30, 9:45 p.m.

    There is also one in Wilson opening that same day.

  • straitlover1965 May 30, 8:40 p.m.

    They are also opening a store in Lumberton on the site of the old Cinema 4. Don't know if they have started building it yet as I haven't been there since the winter. If you're ever on I95, it would be a good side trip!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 30, 5:27 p.m.

    bsjcna1 - I don't believe they will be taking them in their US stores but I e-mailed the marketing folks this morning to ask. I also asked about payment forms they accept, among other things. Once they accept, I'll post here in the comments and update the post.

    tightwad - that's interesting. I have not seen it yet, but will look for it online.

  • bsjcna1 May 30, 5:06 p.m.

    Wonder if they will take coupons

  • tightwad May 30, 4:56 p.m.

    I saw a commercial for them yesterday and thought it was borderline crude and distasteful. A young boy is talking to some adult women and says something such that they think he's going to drop a F* bomb, but instead he says something like fresh fruit. Whatever... not impressed.