As part of its ongoing expansion along the East Coast, Lidl U.S. said it plans to open 25 new stores in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia by spring of 2020.
By the end of next year, Lidl expects to sell its products in more than 100 stores and create more than 1,000 new jobs across nine states.
“We are committed to long-term growth in the U.S. and always strive to locate in the most convenient locations for our shoppers,” said Johannes Fieber, CEO of Lidl U.S. “These new stores are part of the next steps in our U.S. expansion. Over the next year, we are excited to introduce more customers to Lidl’s award-winning quality, reliably low prices, and convenient shopping experience.”
As part of this move, Lidl will also close two stores in Rockingham and Kinston, North Carolina this summer. All employees there will be given the opportunity to relocate and work at other stores within Lidl’s growing markets, the company said. Lidl also announced it will hold a hiring event to fill around 100 new positions at its regional headquarters and distribution center in Alamance County, North Carolina.
The new store openings includes the first four Lidl US stores that will open on Long Island by early 2020. That initiative follows the company’s recent acquisition of the Best Market grocery store chain.