Lidl Pulls Plans To Build In Clayton

By Melody Brown-Peyton

Residents in Clayton will have one less place to shop. Lidl, the European grocery store chain that is new to North Carolina, has decided not to bring a store to Clayton.

A notice was sent to Clayton town official alerting them that the grocery store chain would not be building a store as planned on US70 near Wal-Mart. The small-scale grocery store would have employed 50 people.

Clayton Mayor Pro Tem Michael Grannis said that he was disappointed that Lidl would not be coming to Clayton. “It would have been the first Lidl store in Johnston County. We had a lot of residents who were excited about this grocery store coming to Clayton.”

Clayton leaders are not clear as to why Lidl decided not to move forward with the project. The grocery store prides itself with providing high quality, low prices and hassle-free shopping.

Grocery shopping has changed over the last 10 years. Customers now have the option of shopping online from the comfort of home.

Lidl has open a store in Wake Forrest and is in the final phase of building a store in Raleigh.

During Monday night’s Clayton Town Council meeting, officials did reveal another unnamed business has expressed interest in building at the same location.

Moment Of Silence For Las Vegas Shooting Victims
Before the start of the council meeting Monday night a moment of silence was held for the victims of the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas. The shooting claimed the lives of 59 people and injured more than 527.

It was supposed to be a night of fun for people attending the Jason Aldean concert during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Stephen Paddock fired shots into the crowd from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort.