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New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: January 28, 2016 08:47AM
At first I thought the local newspaper website had misspelled Aldi but it's Lidl. They've already approved zoning for one in Kannapolis, NC. Apex, NC denied them zoning for one. Anyone familiar with this company?

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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: freeradical
Date: January 28, 2016 08:52AM
I'm not sure why anyone would deny a store from moving in these days.

From what I've seen around me, very few malls are doing well, and lots of retail space is vacant.
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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: January 28, 2016 08:59AM
Lidl is a huge European chain, originally from Germany, probably second in reach only to Aldi Nord. (Aldi USA is owned by Aldi Sud.) They've copied the Aldi model of small (by US standards) stores that discount deeply and only stock the best-selling items. They moved into the British Isles about 20 years ago to great success, and are planning about 100 US stores initially. It's interesting that they see an opportunity here, when Tesco recently got bruised trying to enter the US market and even Walmart has decided to shut down its Walmart Express group of small urban stores.
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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: Sam3
Date: January 28, 2016 09:02AM
Lidl does not have a stellar reputation when it comes to employees: [en.wikipedia.org]

(I don't know how to get to a specific section in Wikipedia, I wanted the link to just go to the "Criticism" section.)
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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: January 28, 2016 09:24AM
I shopped at a Lidl in France. Frustrating. Unknown brands. Stuff only in bulk when I didn't need a lot. Not a lot of selection.

Never went back.
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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: Billiken
Date: January 28, 2016 09:36AM
We have Lidl where I live in Poland. I really like them. They are very similar to Aldi in the USA--mostly just the basics, mostly their house brands. However, the quality is good and prices are low, and here they have many weekly promotions: Mexican week, Asian week, Workshop week (tools), etc. They also have a good wine section.


German store Lidl plans USA expansion



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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: January 28, 2016 09:59AM
If they are anything like Aldi, I welcome them. Aldis are a good solution for urban 'food deserts', and they do actually have decent produce and meats, despite them being pre-packaged and shipped in rather than handled on site.
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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: 3d
Date: January 28, 2016 10:09AM
I worked for a German corporation early in my career. I hope they carry over the numerous paid vacation days for their cashiers and stock workers.
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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: billb
Date: January 28, 2016 10:16AM
It's competition for WalMart Neighborhood stores that Walmart is busily building out and Aldi's, PriceRite/SaveRite.

Lidl is supposed to be more flexible with what each individual store stocks on its shelves, stocking what moves off the shelves in high numbers rather than some cook-cutter corporate inflexible plan.

Aldi's and PriceRite around here have leased into low rent vacant strip mall properties.



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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: January 28, 2016 11:02AM
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3d
I worked for a German corporation early in my career. I hope they carry over the numerous paid vacation days for their cashiers and stock workers.

Doubtful.

I work for a French company. I've worked at their offices in France and the US.

We do not get the same vacation as the French (who get about 8 weeks a year. We start at 2 in the US and max out at 5 weeks). We get the same number of holidays, though (11). We do get paid a lot more in the US, but then again, we have to pay for health insurance and fund our own retirement accounts.

But we were a US company before we were purchased. So it could be different.
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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: January 28, 2016 01:55PM
Aldi's must pay a decent wage because some of the same people that went to work for them when they came our small town are still with them.

All the Aldi's around here built stand alone stores, the newest ones are quite modern, lots of glass and well lit. We shop there quite a bit. Their produce is hard to beat. Their loaf bread whether while grain or white just doesn't keep very long.

Recently read they are going strong into organics.

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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: space-time
Date: January 28, 2016 04:25PM
Their loaf bread whether while grain or white just doesn't keep very long.

That's a good sign, they probably use fewer preservatives. I don't want bread with so much chemicals that even mold doesn't eat it.
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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: Black
Date: January 28, 2016 04:36PM
Yup, ubiquitous in Germany when I was there (25 years ago) and really not any different than Aldi.




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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: 3d
Date: January 28, 2016 07:35PM
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space-time
Their loaf bread whether while grain or white just doesn't keep very long.

That's a good sign, they probably use fewer preservatives. I don't want bread with so much chemicals that even mold doesn't eat it.

True. Bakery bread and bagels turn rock hard in a day.Buy in smaller quantities. Just buy what you need for the day. Kinda the complete opposite of Costco.
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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: JoeBob
Date: January 29, 2016 02:45AM
Just found out this week that we are getting Aldi and Lidl in Wilmington.
Trader Joes has been a hit, so looking forward to more choices.
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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: freeradical
Date: January 29, 2016 09:55AM
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Q. Why do I need a quarter to use a shopping cart at ALDI?
A. The shopping cart rental system is one of many ALDI efficiencies that enable us to keep our prices so low. New customers may be surprised by the simple, yet innovative, cart rental system, and usually come to appreciate its many benefits. Not only do customers get their deposit back, there are no stray carts taking up space in the parking lot or causing dents to cars. By not having to hire someone to police the shopping carts, we are able to pass the savings on to our customers.


I'm surprised that more stores don't do this to try and prevent shopping cart theft.

When I was in Italy in the late 80's, most stores had a 500 Lira deposit on shopping carts. It's a great idea.
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Re: New grocery chain moving in our area, Lidl.
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: January 29, 2016 10:14AM
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freeradical
I'm surprised that more stores don't do this to try and prevent shopping cart theft.

When I was in Italy in the late 80's, most stores had a 500 Lira deposit on shopping carts. It's a great idea.

Pretty common in Europe today.

500 Lira in the 80s? Isn't that like 0.05 cents?
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