Lidl Supermarket Could Be Big News for Trader Joe’s and Aldi Fans

published Feb 17, 2017
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Grocery stores are the stuff of cults and obsessions — just ask anyone who has ever stepped foot inside of a Trader Joe’s. Our readers have shared their love for many a grocery store, including the big-hitters like Costco, Whole Foods, and Aldi, but there’s a new store coming to the United States that might just be the new favorite in town.

If you’ve ever been abroad, you might be familiar with Lidl, which describes itself as “a cross between Trader Joe’s and Harris Teeter.” This basically means low prices and great brands.

According to Yahoo, German brand Lidl will roll out 600 grocery stores along the East Coast by mid-2018. The earliest stores to open will be this summer in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The grocery chain has 10,000 stores in 27 countries currently, but it’s just getting started.

Although Lidl is closely associated with German discount grocer Aldi, the German grocery chain aims to separate itself from the idea of selling discount items and focus on selling, “high-end brands, quality not quantity, best products only.”

Purported retail items include locally sourced coffee and wine, and the focus will be on private-label goods.

European Lidl outlets ask customers to bring their own shopping bags, bag their own groceries, and carry items such as furniture and clothing. There is no word on if any of this will carry over to the U.S. outlets.

But we sure do hope this bakery makes its Stateside debut.

Have you ever been to Lidl supermarket? What do you think? Could it replace Aldi and Trader Joe’s as the best grocery store in the United States? Let us know in the comments.