In the first of several waves of openings on Long Island, Lidl US announced it will open stores in Plainview, Babylon, Huntington, and Center Moriches by early 2020.
Shoppers in those communities will be the first to experience Lidl’s simple and efficient approach to grocery shopping as well as Lidl’s price-cutting effect in the region, according to a press release.
The German-based chain purchased 24 Long Island Best Markets in January for an undisclosed price.
“We are happy to soon bring Lidl’s unique and fresh approach to grocery shopping to Long Island,”said Johannes Fieber, CEO of Lidl US in a statement.
“Our new stores will allow customers to save time and money each week with a simple and efficient shopping experience. We also look forward to celebrating our grand openings with many familiar faces from the local Best Market teams,” added Fieber.
Lidl will remodel two Long Island Best Market stores currently located in the Hubbard’s Commons shopping center at 725 Sunrise Hwy. in West Babylon and in Turnpike Plaza, at 711 E. Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station.
Also, it will open two stores, one in a former ShopRite space in Plainview, at 998 Old Country Rd. in the Morton Village Shopping Center, and the other in a former Waldbaum’s space at 812 Main St. in Center Moriches.
The store in Plainview will replace the Best Market store currently located in Hicksville. The company has also committed to offering all Best Market employees guaranteed opportunities with Lidl in positions that offer wages and benefits that stay the same or get better.
As part of this transition, the company will invest heavily in Long Island and will utilize local contractors throughout the remodeling process.
The new stores will offer:
- Attractive, Easy-to-Shop, and Newly-Built Store: The stores will have a newly fitted-out facility, featuring an easy-to-shop layout and streamlined shopping experience.
- Fresh Baked Goods: Customers will be greeted each day with the smell of Lidl’s top-quality breads and pastries, which are baked fresh throughout the day. A bakery will be located at the entrance of the store.
- High-Quality American Products: Works with thousands of U.S. partners and suppliers. Roughly nine out of ten high quality products sold at the supermarket are its exclusive private label brands.
- Healthy, Sustainable Choices: Lidl is committed to offering a wide range of healthy and sustainable options.
- Organic and Gluten-Free Options: Carries a variety of organic and gluten-free items including organic fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, and packaged food items, which will all be available at the lowest possible prices.
- Lidl Surprises: Offers an ever-changing selection of non-food products each week that will be in stores for a limited time. The selection will include fitness gear, small kitchen appliances, toys, and outdoor furniture, among other non-food items.
A study from the University of North Carolina, found that grocery stores located near Lidl stores dropped their prices for individual products by as much as 55 percent.
Lidl operates about 10,500 stores in 29 countries. The German supermarket first established its U.S. headquarters in Arlington County, Virginia, in June 2015, and today operates more than 65 stores across nine east coast states.