WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Discount grocery store chain Lidl announced plans to open several stores across the East Coast on Friday, including one in Wilmington.
The company’s press release says they want to open 25 new stores in North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina by spring 2020. The expansion is expected to create more than 1,000 new jobs across nine states.
The Wilmington location will be on Eastwood Road.
This isn’t the first time Lidl has announced it was coming into the Wilmington market.
The chain first said they would come to Eastwood Road in 2015. Shortly after, the company indicated it would build the store on 17th Street. A federal lawsuit filed in 2018 alleged Lidl failed to complete the deal and backed out after the land on 17th Street was developed for the grocery store.
Charlotte, Matthews, Greensboro and Raleigh were also included on the list released this week of cities getting new stores.
Lidl confirmed several changes to existing North Carolina operations. The company will close stores in Rockingham and Kinston but mentioned plans to hold a hiring event to fill around 100 new positions at its regional headquarters and distribution center in Alamance County, North Carolina.
Even if you dont shop at Lidl, the store opening might still save you cash on your grocery bill. According to WRAL, a study commissioned by UNC found that grocery stores located near Lidl stores set their prices for key staples like milk and bread up to 55 percent lower than in markets where Lidl does not exist.