German grocer files plans in Sandy Springs

A proposal for among the first U.S. stores by a German discount grocery chain is to be heard in Sandy Springs later this month.

A Lidl supermarket will be the topic of a Jan. 19 meeting by the Planning Commission, documents filed with the city indicate. Plans call for a store with 35,962 square feet to be constructed in the North River Shopping Center. The 1970s-‘80s era strip mall, home of the Stars and Strikes bowling alley, is at Roswell Road and Dunwoody Place.

The zoning applicant, SRPF A/North River LLC seeks rezoning and variances reducing the required parking from 469 to 434 spaces for the shopping center and from 180 to 99 spaces for the grocery store, among other requests. The retailer is not identified outright, but Lidl’s name appears in accompanying documents including architect’s renderings.

Said to be an arch-rival of Aldi, Lidl has more than 10,000 stores in 27 countries. In September, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners approved a Lidl store with 36,000 square feet, to open no later than 2018 at 4730 Floyd Road, Mableton. Other Lidl sightings in Georgia have been reported in Newnan and in Pooler, near Savannah.