Lidl to open Culpeper store Thursday

Lidl opened its first U.S. store two weeks ago in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Courtesy David Keith)
Lidl opened its first U.S. store two weeks ago in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Courtesy Lidl/David Keith)

Lidl operates more than 10,000 stores in 28 countries. (Courtesy Erin L. Clark)
Lidl operates more than 10,000 stores in 28 countries. (Courtesy Lidl/Erin L. Clark)

The discount grocer plans to open its first store in Culpepper on Thursday. (Courtesy David Keith)
The discount grocer plans to open its first store in Culpeper County on Thursday. (Courtesy Lidl/David Keith)

Other openings scheduled for July 13 include stores in Chesapeake, Virginia; Havelock, North Carolina; and Wake Forest, North Carolina. (Courtesy David Keith)
Other openings scheduled for July 13 include stores in Chesapeake, Virginia; Havelock, North Carolina; and Wake Forest, North Carolina. (Courtesy Lidl/David Keith)

It is also opening four stores in Richmond, Virginia, July 27.  (Courtesy David Keith)
Four Lidl stores will open in Richmond, Virginia, on July 27. (Courtesy Lidl/David Keith)

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Lidl opened its first U.S. store two weeks ago in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Courtesy David Keith)
Lidl operates more than 10,000 stores in 28 countries. (Courtesy Erin L. Clark)
The discount grocer plans to open its first store in Culpepper on Thursday. (Courtesy David Keith)
Other openings scheduled for July 13 include stores in Chesapeake, Virginia; Havelock, North Carolina; and Wake Forest, North Carolina. (Courtesy David Keith)
It is also opening four stores in Richmond, Virginia, July 27.  (Courtesy David Keith)

WASHINGTON — Discount grocer Lidl inches closer to the Beltway with the opening of its Culpeper County store on Thursday.

Lidl, which will take on rival German-based discount grocer Aldi in the D.C. market, said it is ahead of schedule on plans for opening stores in the D.C. region and elsewhere on the East Coast this summer.

Lidl plans as many as a half dozen locations in the D.C. region initially, with stores in Manassas and Springfield in Virginia among the first to open.

Lidl opened its first U.S. store two weeks ago in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Other openings scheduled for July 13 include stores in Chesapeake, Virginia; Havelock, North Carolina; and Wake Forest, North Carolina.

It is also opening four stores in Richmond on July 27.

Lidl established its North American headquarters in Crystal City in 2015 as a base for its U.S. expansion and has distribution centers in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and Cecil County, Maryland.

The company said it expects to have 100 stores and 4,000 employees across the East Coast within its first year of store openings.

Lidl operates more than 10,000 stores in 28 countries.

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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