Although UNFI's recent divestment of 13 of its Shoppers Food Stores locations is still fresh in the industry's mind, a few buyers have already swooped in to scoop up the locations. Major discount grocer Lidl has been named one of these buyers after it announced its acquisition of six of the 13 Shoppers locations being sold throughout Virginia and Maryland.
“We plan to acquire six properties in Maryland and Virginia from UNFI. In Maryland, this includes sites in Annapolis, Brooklyn Park, Oxon Hill, Takoma Park, and Wheaton. In Virginia, it includes a Shoppers store in Burke,” Public Relations and Communications Manager William Harwood commented to news source WTOP.
Four Shoppers locations will be closing as a part of UNFI’s divestment, but the six that Lidl acquired will join the retailer’s 65 existing stores along the East Coast.
“We will be making significant investments in the redevelopment of the sites, and will have more to share in terms of the grand opening timeline at the end of next year,” Harwood said.
Lidl's latest acquisition comes on the heels of other aggressive expansion efforts, including efforts to target regions overseas and the East Coast of the U.S., where the retailer plans to open 25 new stores by the spring of next year.
What will be the next phase of Lidl’s expansion? Whatever it might be, wherever it might be, one thing's for sure: Deli Market News will continue to report.