ALDI official: EC store still on track to open in early 2019

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Construction continues on the new Elizabeth City ALDI Food Market off Halstead Boulevard Extended, Thursday. The store should be ready for customers by early 2019, a company spokesman said.

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By William F. West
Staff Writer

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The new Elizabeth City ALDI Food Market taking shape off the Halstead Extended Boulevard corridor remains on track to open in early 2019, a company spokesman said last week.

“We are meeting all of our construction timelines in full,” Chris Daniels, ALDI Petersburg Division vice president, said in an email on Wednesday.

The German-based discount grocer is building the 22,500-square-foot store on the north side of Halstead Extended and southeast side of the Tanglewood Pavilions shopping center. The store will be located across the highway from the 7-Eleven convenience store and the Stockbridge at Tanglewood subdivision.

Daniels previously said each ALDI store typically employs about 15-20 people.

Daniels said the company typically looks at many factors when choosing store sites, and one is high daily traffic volume.

“Bottom line, we want to be conveniently located for our shoppers and Elizabeth City was a natural fit for ALDI,” he said.

ALDI operates more than 1,800 stores in 35 states.

New Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Economic Development Director Christian Lockamy, who started work at the EDC last week, said he saw the ALDI building site the middle of last week.

“It’s a good-looking building,” Lockamy said. “And ALDI is neat.”

Lockamy, who previously worked as acting manager of Greenville’s office of economic development, said that city is home to two ALDI stores.

“The first location was there for years — and then they just put a second location there,” he said. “They have a lot of fresh produce and a variety of good products.”

While city officials are excited about the new ALDI store’s progress, it increasingly looks like the grocer’s German competitor — Lidl — will not be building a store on the Halstead Boulevard Extended corridor — at least not anytime soon. 

City Community Development Director Matthew Schelly granted a developer for Lidl an extension for an already approved amended site plan for a grocery store on the east side of the 7-Eleven. The extension was until Sept. 28.

In an email on Tuesday, Schelly confirmed the extension had expired and that his staff haven’t heard anything further from Lidl’s representatives.

In an email the same day, Chandler Ebeier, a Lidl spokeswoman, didn’t have any updates either.

“We have not made any specific store announcements for your area, but as we have more to share in the future, we will be in touch,” Ebeier said.

Press accounts this summer said Lidl had opened 53 stores in the U.S. so far. However, Lidl pulled back from plans to open a store in Cary, had not followed through on building a store in Charlotte and had delayed the start of construction of a store in the Triad region.