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Lidl to open first 20 U.S. stores this summer

Staff Writer |
Lidl announced that it would open the first 20 of its U.S. stores this summer as part of 100 planned openings within a year, events that could kick off a new era of competition for U.S. grocers.

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The German discounter characterized the summer openings as “ahead of schedule” although the company had previously said only that its first U.S. stores would open prior to 2018.

The first wave of stores, to be located at unspecified locations in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, would open roughly four years after reports first surfaced of Lidl's plans to expand in the U.S.

Lidl has established U.S. headquarters in Arlington, Va. and is building regional distribution centers in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina with intentions of servicing stores along the East Coast from New Jersey to Georgia.

A spokesman acknowledged Lidl reps have also scouted Texas although a formal announcement of intentions to expand there has not been made. The first 100 Lidl stores would create approximately 4,000 jobs, officials said.

Lidl is a division of Schwarz Group, one of Europe’s largest retailers with 10,000 stores in 26 countries, and is often compared to its domestic rival Aldi for efficient operations, limited assortment and service, and heavy emphasis on private label goods.

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