GREENSBORO — Lidl has confirmed that it is opening a store on West Gate City Boulevard at Mackay Road.

There has been strong indication for three years that the German grocery chain would build a store on the 9-acre site next to Adams Farms Shopping Center.

Lidl has been described as a cross between Wal-mart and Trader Joe’s.

The announced opening is part of an ongoing East Coast expansion for the chain that includes 25 new stores in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Those stores are expected to open by the spring of next year.

Other North Carolina cities getting new stores include Cary, Charlotte, Matthews, Raleigh and Wilmington.

“These new stores are part of the next steps in our U.S. expansion,” Johannes Fieber, CEO of Lidl US, said in a release.

Lidl currently has regional stores in Winston-Salem, Thomasville and Lexington.

Plans for an Eden store, originally targeted to open last year, are uncertain.

Lidl is closing two existing stores in Rockingham and Kinston.

By the end of next year, Lidl expects to have more than 100 stores across nine states.

Lidl opened a distribution center in Alamance County in 2018. The center is holding a hiring event for 100 new positions at 8:30 a.m. May 23 at the center at 3815 Ralph Scott Parkway in Mebane. Show up in person or apply online at https://careers.lidl.com/en/index.htm.

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You can reach Carl Wilson at 336-373-7145 or at carl.wilson@greensboro.com. er at Short_OrdersNR.

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