With a new plan, Lidl will try again to win Nags Head’s OK

By on September 17, 2017

Turned down twice, discount grocer Lidl will try again for Nags Head’s approval to build a 36,000-square-foot store on the Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern site.

A new plan goes before the town’s Planning Board Tuesday.

Planners said earlier this year that a design submitted by the chain’s architect did not meet the town’s standards.  The store’s signature wall of windows on the facade and its barrel-shaped roof were the primary points of contention.


Planning and Development Director Andy Garman said the design’s east wall exceeded the allowed maximum of 40 percent glass. The windows also failed to meet separation requirements, he said.

In June, the town’s Board of Adjustment was unswayed by a slightly different plan that put louvres over the windows and Architect Michael Kazak’s arguments that the company’s branding depended on preserving components of its prototype building.

The wall of windows was considered out of compliance. (Lidl)

The latest design shows windows covering 39 percent of the east wall and gable dormers breaking up the roof line. The north and south walls would be made of stucco and brick. The west wall would be primarily stucco with 11 percent coverage in windows.

Town planners signed off on the new design but recommended some landscaping changes.

The store would be built on 10.5 acres that include Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern and Kelly’s Professional Center.


Lidl is aggressively expanding in North Carolina and has built a distribution center in Mebane near Burlington. It would join Publix, which is building a store in Kill Devil Hills, in expanding the grocery choices on the Outer Banks.

The Planning Board meets at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Douglas A. Remaley Fire Station across from Town Hall.



  • dave

    All they have to do is tell Nags Head that they’re a Methadone “Clinic” and they’ll be welcome with open arms.

    Monday, Sep 18 @ 8:11 am

    It’s all in the math………39% vs 40 %. Really , 1 % sways the Board ? I got Publixs…I’m good to go. 🙂

    Monday, Sep 18 @ 8:21 am
  • surf123

    Hopefully Lidl and Nags Head come to some type of agreement for the residents of Dare. Lidl’s stores are very nice and the prices are ridiculously low. This store will put the hurt on the big grocery chains while saving the rest of us money.

    Monday, Sep 18 @ 9:34 am
  • Trawl

    If the store would hang a sign saying
    Wings Lidl, they would breeze right on by the town blockade.

    Monday, Sep 18 @ 10:36 am
  • Tom

    We have a new LIDL store in our town and what a dissapointment. They have lots of cheap quality products and just some of what you want in groceries.

    Monday, Sep 18 @ 3:20 pm
  • Debbie Tierney

    Lidl’s brand is superior to most grocery store brands. The layout is the same in every store so it’s easy to find what you want. I am thrilled that it’s coming to the OBX. It goes to prove you can still make money and not overcharge. I was shocked at the low prices.

    Monday, Sep 18 @ 4:18 pm
  • Susan harris

    Please! No more grocery stores. If you can’t find it now, you don’t need it
    The outer banks are being destroyed but too much building
    We don’t come to shop, we come to be on the beach, enjoy the wildlife
    Susan KDH

    Monday, Sep 18 @ 8:25 pm
  • Laura

    Needs Aldi! No at all impressed with Lidl

    Monday, Sep 18 @ 9:14 pm
  • Jack

    ^ Dave, It’s apparent that nobody close to you has ever struggled with addition. Go shop at Harris Teeter.

    Monday, Sep 18 @ 10:37 pm
  • Judith

    Not impressed with Lidl. As someone posted low quality products, very little name brands and not much else!

    Tuesday, Sep 19 @ 8:03 pm
  • DeWe

    I’m out of here. Way too much development.

    Wednesday, Sep 20 @ 1:14 pm
  • Connie

    I believe we are now over saturated with grocery stores. We trust our planning board’s to protect us from this type of situation. Has anyone considered the peril that will be placed on our existing grocery stores with the addition of Publix and Lidl. Each of those stores employs 50+ residences year round. Once the vacationers go, then what? Who will be out-of-business?

    Sunday, Sep 24 @ 10:03 pm
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