Will Lidl Entering the U.S. Grocery Market Spark Bidding Wars for Sites?


lidl logoGermany-based Lidl, now acquiring its first U.S. store sites for a planned roll out of as many as 150 stores in the Mid-Atlantic region, is joining a pitched battle among both established grocers and new players in the U.S. market who are in expansion mode from Southern California to South Carolina.

The competition for a relatively limited number of well-located and development-ready store sites will likely drive up pricing in the near term, according to one institutional shopping center landlord. Lidl, a division of German retailer Schwarz Group that operates 10,000 stores across Europe, is beginning to snap up U.S. properties on the East Coast that meet simple but clear-cut criteria and quick due diligence.

Lidl has so far focused its U.S. expansion in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Although the company has declined to say how many U.S. stores it intends to open, sources estimate the chain will open 100 to 150 stores in the Mid-Atlantic region by 2018.


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