Construction on Roanoke County Lidl stores appear to be halted

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) - According to Roanoke County officials, they've heard that the two Lidl stores slated for the area have halted construction. But those officials say they don't yet know why.

Earlier this year, the low-cost German grocery chain announced it would be expanding into the region. It announced two Lidl stores for Roanoke County at 3939 Valley Gateway Blvd and 7300 Williamson Rd.

But it appears as though construction on some of those stores may have stopped and it's not yet clear why. The Mooresville Tribune in the Charlotte, NC region reported earlier this month that a store there had also stopped construction.

Roanoke County representatives told WDBJ7 in an email that they had heard about the halting of construction but, "but have received no response from the company regarding the status of the projects."

Last week WDBJ7 requested information from Lidl representatives on the status of the projects. Lidl representatives replied in an email, in part, "We began opening our first stores over the summer, and are preparing a number of sites across the state. However, we are not addressing each individual one at this time, and have not made specific store announcements to date in your area. "

WDBJ7 has since followed up with Lidl to learn more.

Lidl did open a store in Danville in early September. Company representatives have said the company prides itself on offering the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices.

The Danville store is the eleventh Lidl location to open in Virginia, but Lidl operates more than 10,000 stores in 28 countries.

Its U.S. headquarters are in Arlington County, Virginia.