There’s no stopping Lidl now, as the retailer continues to ramp up its U.S. expansion. Now, the discount grocer is focusing heavily on Long Island, New York, as its next site of massive growth. Previously, the grocer released plans for retail expansion in Long Island in several neighborhoods, with an end goal of opening more than 50 stores in the region over the next decade.
One wave of this expansion has manifested in three store openings this month, including locations in West Babylon, Center Moriches, and the latest in Huntington. Not all of these and future stores are expected to be newly-constructed—over the next two years Lidl plans to convert all of the 27 Best Market stores it acquired in 2018.
According to Newsday, both the Huntington and West Babylon stores will follow the converted model, while the store in Center Moriches will be located in a former Waldbaum’s space.
Lidl holds a strong global presence and is building up its operations in the U.S., with more than 75 stores in nine states across the East Coast, the news source reports. The retailer’s current aggressive Long Island expansion initiative marks a continuation of Lidl’s plans to cement its place in the U.S. market.
Will we see Lidl follow through with this 50-store expansion plan? Deli Market News will stay on the case.