In the first of several waves of openings on Long Island, New York, Lidl U.S. said it will open stores in Plainview, Babylon, Huntington, and Center Moriches by early 2020. The initiative follows the company’s recent acquisition of the Best Market grocery store chain.
Shoppers in those communities will be the first to experience Lidl’s approach to grocery shopping as well as Lidl’s price-cutting effect in the region. A study from the University of North Carolina found that grocery stores located near Lidl stores dropped their prices for individual products by as much as 55%, according to the company.
As part of this transition, Lidl said it will invest heavily in Long Island and will utilize local contractors throughout the remodeling process. Lidl will remodel Best Market stores currently located in Babylon and Huntington. Lidl also will open stores in Plainview and Center Moriches, which are new locations. The store in Plainview will replace the Best Market store currently located in Hicksville.
Lidl has also committed to offering all legacy Best Market team members guaranteed opportunities with Lidl in positions that offer wages and benefits that stay the same or better, the company said.
“We are happy to soon bring Lidl’s unique and fresh approach to grocery shopping to Long Island,” said Johannes Fieber, CEO of Lidl U.S. “Our new stores will allow customers to save time and money each week with a simple and efficient shopping experience. We also look forward to celebrating our grand openings with many familiar faces from the local Best Market teams.”