The European grocer Lidl is moving closer to opening its first US-based stores. Lidl has been a growing presence in the European grocery marketplace, operating 10,000 stores in 27 countries. This image above show the state of one of the grocers first US outposts just south of Charlotte, NC – which happens to be home to our retail marketing agency. According to Supermarket News, Planed Grocery, which tracks published records of proposed, planned and under construction sites has identified 130 U.S. Lidl sites. MTN Retail Advisors, a Salt Lake City-based site analysis firm, using different criteria, said earlier this month it was tracking at least 233 Lidl sites.