Lidl’s first Virginia stores open this summer

WASHINGTON — A big German discount grocery chain will begin opening its first U.S. stores this summer, including locations in Virginia, ahead of schedule.

Lidl, with 10,000 stores in 27 countries, says within one year of its first U.S. store openings, it will have 100 stores across the East Coast and about 4,000 employees.

Lidl (pronounced LEE-dul) established its North American headquarters in Crystal City in 2015 as a base for its U.S. expansion. It has also established distribution centers in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and Cecil County, Maryland.

Lidl still has not publicly disclosed its initial Virginia and Maryland stores, though a company spokesman confirmed the picture it distributed to the press Wednesday is of its prototype store in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The Washington Business Journal has also reported initial locations in the Washington region will include Chantilly, Leesburg, Woodbridge and Bristow in Northern Virginia and College Park, Bowie and Suitland in Maryland.

Lidl held its first Washington area job fair in December to fill management and supervisor positions.


Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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