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Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
Posted By: ThomasTiger - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 12:49 AM




Caught this on Facebook...

Kelly's property is being sold to Lidl, a German grocery store chain that is the chief competition to Aldi.

Kelly's restaurant will be closing in the last week of November to allow for Lidl to begin demolition/construction and open in late 2018 or early 2019.

http://www.obsentinel.com/news/kelly-s-restaurant-to-close-at-end-of-november/article_5d4a499e-a956-11e7-8f5e-8bbf47756ae1.html?mode=jqm

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RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 9:11 AM




Always sad to see business close, but the area can really use a quality focused budget friendly grocery store.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 9:18 AM




lidl is naaasty. dollar store quality bottom of the barrel food. i get the need for a budget friendly grocery store, but eesh.... they could have done far better than a lidl.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 9:28 AM




Knew it was coming, but sad to see a long-time business close. Went there for dinner on our honeymoon in 1990 since there was very little up in Corolla back then.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 11:09 AM




lidl is naaasty. dollar store quality bottom of the barrel food. i get the need for a budget friendly grocery store, but eesh.... they could have done far better than a lidl.



Jeesh, Lidl has been in the US for what, like 6 months now? Pretty strong opinions and the first I've heard of very low quality. We have Food Lion as your "not expensive" store.. HT as your "quality" store, and FM as your "expensive" one.. why can't we have a legit cheap one to help some of us broke jokes out?

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 11:19 AM




lidl is naaasty. dollar store quality bottom of the barrel food. i get the need for a budget friendly grocery store, but eesh.... they could have done far better than a lidl.



Jeesh, Lidl has been in the US for what, like 6 months now? Pretty strong opinions and the first I've heard of very low quality. We have Food Lion as your "not expensive" store.. HT as your "quality" store, and FM as your "expensive" one.. why can't we have a legit cheap one to help some of us broke jokes out?



Going off of the reputation in the EU, I would say it is Dollar Store quality.

While they have only been in the US a short period of time, their reputation in the EU is pretty trashy.



RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 11:21 AM




lidl is naaasty. dollar store quality bottom of the barrel food. i get the need for a budget friendly grocery store, but eesh.... they could have done far better than a lidl.



Jeesh, Lidl has been in the US for what, like 6 months now? Pretty strong opinions and the first I've heard of very low quality. We have Food Lion as your "not expensive" store.. HT as your "quality" store, and FM as your "expensive" one.. why can't we have a legit cheap one to help some of us broke jokes out?



Going off of the reputation in the EU, I would say it is Dollar Store quality.

While they have only been in the US a short period of time, their reputation in the EU is pretty trashy.




I think many are hoping for it to be close to the experience of Aldi. Even if it's a Dollar Tree experience, there are things worth buying and others not. We are fortunate to have it as another option. Light bulb Not everyone shopping there will be a "7-day-stay"er. I wouldn't expect someone to shop a bargain bin on vacation but would if you live on a thin strip of over commercialized sand where the cost of living is high and wages low... well, it's a welcome addition.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 11:37 AM




When I started my business my Grandfather suggested that there was always room at the bottom for the cheapest and at the top for the best. Having been to the several Lidl stores in my area I am inclined to suggest they are competing for the bottom very successfully.

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 Czech Republic 220
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 Denmark 103
 Finland 160
 France 1500
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 Greece 226
 Hungary 156
 Ireland 152
 Italy 552
 Luxembourg 6
 Lithuania 30 (planned expansion to ˜80)
 Malta 7
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 Poland 610
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 Romania 201
 Serbia 20 planned 100 in total
 Slovakia 130
 Slovenia 49
 Spain 532
 Sweden 169
 Switzerland 100
 United Kingdom 650
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RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 1:59 PM




lidl is naaasty. dollar store quality bottom of the barrel food. i get the need for a budget friendly grocery store, but eesh.... they could have done far better than a lidl.



You have no idea how many people struggling to make ends meet live on the Outer Banks. (Here's a clue: a lot.) I suspect that for at least 8-9 months out of the year, this store will do much better than Fresh Market does.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/6/2017 5:46 AM




The size of both Lidl and Aldi stores are fairly small. I think they will be perfect for locals all year long. I can't imagine a Saturday check in wave in either of them.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/6/2017 12:56 PM




Having lived in France for 13 years and only returning to the U.S. a few years ago, I can assure you that Lidl is VERY popular in Europe. The quality is very good. It was rare for a week to go by without a stop at a Lidl or an Aldi. They were always packed with shoppers.

Never had a gripe with their quality. Prices were exceptional. There is one in Winston Salem, but I have not visited it. The Aldi's here are somewhat different from the Aldi's in Europe. Not bad, just a little different.

I would certainly give it a try before saying anything negative about it.


RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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We are getting one up here in Erie. I'll definitely check it out. Aldi is so hit or miss for us. Their non-perishables are 90% awesome, but we've found mold and bugs in our produce on multiple occasions.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/6/2017 4:38 PM




I'd like to see Whole Foods Market open up here.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/6/2017 9:53 PM




Returning to the subject of the original post.
After reading the Sentinel article, Mr Kelly plans to demolish the building and dispose of the contents. Has any type of property contents auction been published?
If so will it be local only ? A small college in central Ky went under 2 yrs. ago and sold all of the contents of their buildings thru an online auction service.
Not good for those of us locals but sure opened up the opportunity for former grads to purchase some memories.
Also netted many more $$$ for the college.
I would think that there are many Kelly's fans that like to have a chance to buy a memory.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/9/2017 10:00 AM




Returning to the subject of the original post.
After reading the Sentinel article, Mr Kelly plans to demolish the building and dispose of the contents. Has any type of property contents auction been published?
If so will it be local only ? A small college in central Ky went under 2 yrs. ago and sold all of the contents of their buildings thru an online auction service.
Not good for those of us locals but sure opened up the opportunity for former grads to purchase some memories.
Also netted many more $$$ for the college.
I would think that there are many Kelly's fans that like to have a chance to buy a memory.



I bet there'll be an auction. I'll keep my eyes peeled. Too much cool stuff in there. I heard someone say they didn't care for all the "stuff" in Kelly's and how it looked inside the other day. Made me laugh because I loved it as part of their character/decor. To each their own!

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/9/2017 10:27 AM




I was reading on Outer Banks Voice that Mike has said that his plans for the stuff in Kelly's are, some of it will go to his other restaurants, Mako Mikes and Pamlico Jacks. Some of it will go home with him and the rest could be auctioned off.
He also said that Sweet Potato biscuits will be available at Makos and Jacks Thumbs up

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Date Posted: 10/9/2017 7:14 PM




wonder what will happen to the sea channel buoy out front.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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We have an Aldi here in Davidson County, but I was completely unimpressed. Lousy selection, not that clean, a lot of foreign made off brands I've never heard of. Definitely a must-miss. If Lidl is like Aldi, I know I won't be shopping there!

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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We have an Aldi here in Davidson County, but I was completely unimpressed. Lousy selection, not that clean, a lot of foreign made off brands I've never heard of. Definitely a must-miss. If Lidl is like Aldi, I know I won't be shopping there!



Most of the brands they sell are their own private label brands. Which is why you wouldn't have heard of them.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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My first impression of ALDI and LIDL was not all that great. It is setup so very different than a typical grocery store. Having said that we grew to enjoy these stores. We have never had any quality control issues. The best thing about ALDI is that none of their branded products have MSG or most artificial ingredients. You basically get Trader Joe/Whole Foods options for Big Lots prices. (Notice I said options, they certainly don't have the variety) My biggest complaint is their selection is small and so you really can't use it as an exclusive grocery store. I'd say most people haven't gotten past their initial impression.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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We have an Aldi here in Davidson County, but I was completely unimpressed. Lousy selection, not that clean, a lot of foreign made off brands I've never heard of. Definitely a must-miss. If Lidl is like Aldi, I know I won't be shopping there!



I haven't tried any of them because I've been dieting but I've heard their foreign branded chocolate is far superior to what you can buy at other stores.

I have done a lot of shopping at Aldi and it's hit or miss. Like I said their produce, I don't bother with. It's always rotting, moldy or full of bugs, or even if it's in good shape when you buy it, within 48 hours of getting it home it's rotted. Their pre-packaged stuff like pico though is amazing.

Their cheese is really good but not much cheaper than Walmart or even Target. Their lunch meat is a LOT cheaper and my husband seems to like it.

I don't bother with their bread, it's always stale and crumbling when we get it.

However, their non-perishables, there are times I will go out of my way to get stuff there because it's simply better than what I can get at walmart. Their imitation girl scout cookies, oh man. SO good. For things like chips, snacks, bottled water, graham crackers, cereal, we've never had an issue, and often it's better than what we'd get at Walmart or Target. I want to say the only boxed item there we didn't love was the couscous. It was rather bland. But other pastas have been fine. Canned goods are always fine. It's actually my go-to for baking supplies around Christmas.

Haven't tried their toilet paper but their paper towels are stronger, last longer, and are way way cheaper than any other brand I've tried.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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I haven't tried any of them because I've been dieting but I've heard their foreign branded chocolate is far superior to what you can buy at other stores.

I have done a lot of shopping at Aldi and it's hit or miss. Like I said their produce, I don't bother with. It's always rotting, moldy or full of bugs, or even if it's in good shape when you buy it, within 48 hours of getting it home it's rotted. Their pre-packaged stuff like pico though is amazing.

Their cheese is really good but not much cheaper than Walmart or even Target. Their lunch meat is a LOT cheaper and my husband seems to like it.

I don't bother with their bread, it's always stale and crumbling when we get it.

However, their non-perishables, there are times I will go out of my way to get stuff there because it's simply better than what I can get at walmart. Their imitation girl scout cookies, oh man. SO good. For things like chips, snacks, bottled water, graham crackers, cereal, we've never had an issue, and often it's better than what we'd get at Walmart or Target. I want to say the only boxed item there we didn't love was the couscous. It was rather bland. But other pastas have been fine. Canned goods are always fine. It's actually my go-to for baking supplies around Christmas.

Haven't tried their toilet paper but their paper towels are stronger, last longer, and are way way cheaper than any other brand I've tried.



all of this.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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We have an Aldi here in Davidson County, but I was completely unimpressed. Lousy selection, not that clean, a lot of foreign made off brands I've never heard of. Definitely a must-miss. If Lidl is like Aldi, I know I won't be shopping there!



I haven't tried any of them because I've been dieting but I've heard their foreign branded chocolate is far superior to what you can buy at other stores.

I have done a lot of shopping at Aldi and it's hit or miss. Like I said their produce, I don't bother with. It's always rotting, moldy or full of bugs, or even if it's in good shape when you buy it, within 48 hours of getting it home it's rotted. Their pre-packaged stuff like pico though is amazing.

Their cheese is really good but not much cheaper than Walmart or even Target. Their lunch meat is a LOT cheaper and my husband seems to like it.

I don't bother with their bread, it's always stale and crumbling when we get it.

However, their non-perishables, there are times I will go out of my way to get stuff there because it's simply better than what I can get at walmart. Their imitation girl scout cookies, oh man. SO good. For things like chips, snacks, bottled water, graham crackers, cereal, we've never had an issue, and often it's better than what we'd get at Walmart or Target. I want to say the only boxed item there we didn't love was the couscous. It was rather bland. But other pastas have been fine. Canned goods are always fine. It's actually my go-to for baking supplies around Christmas.

Haven't tried their toilet paper but their paper towels are stronger, last longer, and are way way cheaper than any other brand I've tried.



Similar experience, although we've had better luck with produce and bread at our local store. The Aldis seem to vary a bit, based on the location. Our local Aldi is in a decent neighborhood and the store seems to be kept very neat and clean. I've been to others where that was not so much the case. Not sure if it's the management or the shoppers, but they run a pretty lean operation where 3 people run the whole store.

It is a bit off putting at first, but after going a few times we've grown to appreciate the good deals and quick in and out, even if there is a line. Their cashiers are FAST. It's not for everything, but it's great for staples, and picking up some quick fixings for dinner.

PS- we like their girl scout knock off cookies better than the real ones.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Regarding Aldi's, my mom has been a loyal shopper there for years. Her normal store of choice is Wegman's with Aldi providing a budget option for certain items.

RE: Kelly's to close by end of November, become a Lidl
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Regarding Aldi's, my mom has been a loyal shopper there for years. Her normal store of choice is Wegman's with Aldi providing a budget option for certain items.


I can't stand Wegman's. The layout is just not logical to me. They are always packed though, so they're doing something right.

We've never been to Aldi's. We do have one about 30 mins away, but we have a bunch of options closer so that's where we go. My wife does the vast majority of the grocery shopping, so I shouldn't even be commenting here. Wink smiley

She shops at Shop Rite most of the time, because of prices. Me? I go to the closest one, Giant, which is also one of them more expensive ones. I probably shouldn't wonder why she does most of the shopping...

John

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