Lidl has not announced an opening date yet

Steel is being erected on the new Lidl grocery store being built across from Walmart on Havelock’s west end. But, there’s still no word on when the grocery store may open.

Will Harwood, a spokesman for Lidl U.S., could not address specifics yet on the new store being erected in Havelock.

“Right now, we are early along in our expansion and we are not addressing each individual site location at this stage; we have not set specific opening dates for any Lidl U.S. stores,” said Harwood. “However, I can tell you that we are preparing a number of sites in the area as we expand, and that we plan to have our first U.S. stores open no later than 2018.”

A representative of WIMCO, the contractor building the store, said the construction is expected to be completed in March or April.

According to a 93-sheet plan for the store on file at Havelock City Hall, the store will be 35,962 square feet and will have 178 parking places.

The store is located at 547 U.S. 70 West, which is the site of the old T and R Furniture warehouse next to the entrance to W.J. Gurganus Elementary School.

Cuhaci and Peterson Inc., a firm out of Bluebell, Pa. and Orlando, Fla., is the architect for the store, with WIMCO, of Washington, N.C., as the general contractor. Kimley-Horn, of Raleigh, did the civil engineering.

Havelock’s Department of Inspections issued the building permit on Oct. 12.

Harwood was also unclear about future employee hiring at the new store in Havelock.

“Store hiring will vary by location, but we expect a typical Lidl U.S. store to employ between 30 and 35 team members,” Harwood said.

The project superintendent for WIMCO said Monday that all of the trades involved with the construction have been subbed out and no new jobs are available for the construction phase.

On March 3, Lidl U.S. Operations LLC, of Arlington, Va., purchased the 3.9-acre site from Havelock Joint Properties LLS for $1.4 million. The property at the time included the T and R Furniture store, a 30,000 square-foot building that was demolished in late July to make way for construction of the grocery store. Site work, including the placement of dirt and leveling of the surface, took place in August and September.

Lidl, a large German company with 10,000 stores in 26 countries, is making an aggressive move to establish stores in the United States, according to its website.

Lidl, based out of Neckarsulm, Germany, established its U.S. corporate headquarters in Arlington County, Va., and plans to open a regional headquarters and regional distribution center in Spotsylvania County in Virginia.

The company is one of the largest retailers in the world, offering fresh meats, produce and bakery items as well as household goods, according to a release from the company.