The wildly popular Lidl supermarket chain has announced its first wave of stores for the US. They’re expecting to open 100 locations across the east coast starting this summer, including locations in both Rock Hill and Fort Mill.
Lidl is kind of like the Ikea of grocery stores (except German instead of Swedish):
Many traditional grocery stores have been seeing increased competition from store-brand focused, low priced retailers such as Aldis and Trader Joes, and especially now that Aldis has started to add gluten-free, organic, and fresh produce products to their shelfs.
Aldis, also a German grocer, originally opened their first store in the US in 1976, now has more than 1,600 stores in the U.S. and plans to increase that to nearly 2,000 by the end of 2018. The Aldi parent company, Aldi Nord also owns Trader Joes, a higher end grocer that has 460 locations across the US.
Lidl currently operates roughly 10,000 stores in 27 countries around the world.
Are you excited for Lidl to come to the Charlotte area?