Lidl has announced that the new location in Cary, NC will be opening earlier than expected on Wednesday, April 29.
The company had announced in January that the store would open in mid-2020, but they have moved up the opening to April in order to better serve the community during this public health emergency.
The new food market is located at 2741 NC-55, Cary, NC in the High House Crossing shopping center at the intersection of Hwy. 55 and Green Level West Road.
Due to the current health emergency, the soft opening will not include a ribbon cutting or any of the other opening events usually found during the opening week.
The 26,543 sq. foot store will operate under Lidl’s current adjusted hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
“We know that access to high quality, low priced food has never been more imperative than during this unprecedented period in our history,” said Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht. “We very much appreciate Lidl’s moving forward with this new Cary location and doing so in such a responsible manner.”
In their press release, the company shared, "Lidl’s top priority is the health and safety of its customers and team members. Below are key measures that will be in place at the new store."
Health & Safety Measures
Lidl has introduced an enhanced, daily cleaning and sanitization regimen in all stores utilizing EPA-recommended cleaning agents approved for use against COVID-19. The daily cleaning is supplemented by specialized 3rd party sanitization of our stores conducted on a weekly basis.
Lidl will be temporarily limiting the amount of customers in store at one time to approximately 5 customers per 1,000 square feet (unless where legally required). A designated team member will be stationed at the entrance of our store keeping track of customer counts, disinfecting carts and directing customers to queue once that limit has been reached. Lidl has also added signage in the store and on the floor to enforce social distancing, as well as in-store announcements reiterated throughout the day.
Lidl offers special shopping hours for customers over the age of 65, and those with health conditions that put them at higher risk for complications related to COVID-19. The special shopping hours will be from 7-8 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday at all Lidl stores. Prior to entering the store during these times, shoppers will be greeted by a Lidl line attendant who will ask them to affirm their understanding of our policy prior to entering the store.
Protective barriers are being installed at all Lidl checkout lanes to protect customers and team members during the checkout process. We also encourage the use of contactless payment.
Employee Protection Measures
Lidl is also taking a number of significant steps to protect its team, including:
Lidl offers comprehensive medical coverage to all full and part-time employees, regardless of the number of hours they work per week. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lidl developed a first-in-the-industry program with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to give all Lidl employees – including those hired temporarily during this public health emergency – access to comprehensive COVID-19 medical coverage at no cost.
Employees infected by the virus, or those who work in a store or facility that is included within a government or company-instituted quarantine will be provided with up to 14 days of paid administrative leave while away from work.
Employees over the age of 65, or those with documented conditions the CDC has determined place them at high risk of complications due to the virus, are eligible for paid administrative leave during the public health emergency.
Lidl is committed to supplying personal protective equipment to its teams during this health emergency. Lidl is providing protective masks and five pairs of disposable protective gloves for every employee for each shift.
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