Work continues to move at a pretty good pace at the new Lidl store on Fire Road in Egg Harbor Township.

The building, which housed Genaurdi's from 2001 to 2012 and then JR's Fresh Market from 2015 to 2018, is undergoing a complete overhaul. Over the past several days, the red brick facade was being painted white and a large crane was getting ready to hoist air conditioning equipment onto the roof.

While an exact opening date has yet to be announced by the company, the new store in EHT is just one of fifty that the chain will be opening this year across the Mid-Atlantic region as the battle for food dollars continues to intensify.

Other Lidi stores opening this year in the Garden State include locations in Glassboro, Brick, Gloucester Township, and others across the northern part of the state.

If you are unfamiliar with shopping at Lidl, I covered the grand opening of their Vineland store back in 2017 and I described it this way:

...it's roughly positioned between Aldi, which is very bare bones, and ShopRite or Acme, which has all of the bells and whistles one expects from a full service supermarket chain. Much like ShopRite and Acme, and unlike Aldi, Lidl has a really nice fresh bakery department, which was mobbed. Lidl seemed to have a slightly larger selection of national brand names (including their own line of products), compared to Aldi which usually focuses on their own lines. If you're expecting a dozen different brands of the same type of product, Lidl isn't for you.

Grand opening of Lidl in Vineland NJ in November 2017 - Photo: Chris Coleman

Officials with Lidi have not yet announced when area residents can begin applying for jobs at their EHT store.

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