The first new store opening will be in Alexandria on September 9, 2020.

Good news on the grocery and job fronts in the DMV. German grocery store chain Lidl has announced plans to increase its footprint in the U.S. with a total of 50 new stores, all scheduled to open by the end of 2021. The expansion includes 17 stores in Maryland and Virginia, and could bring up to 680 jobs to the region. Lidl already has 16 stores in Maryland and Virginia along with a distribution center in Cecil County, Maryland.

Lidl is a discount grocery store that offers a combination of private label and retail brands. In addition to groceries, you can find home goods, clothing, and seasonal items. Lidl also strives to integrate products sourced from local and regional farms. Like many discount grocers, The company keeps a lid on costs by streamlining inventory and requiring customers to bring their own bags. Lidl’s expansion into the area began last year and includes a new 26,000-square-foot store that will take the place of Sears at the Mall in Columbia later this year.

Lidl meat section

Courtesy Lidl

The new stores will be in the following locations:

Maryland

  • Annapolis, Solomons Island Rd.
  • Brooklyn Park,Ritchie Hwy.
  • Columbia, Little Patuxent Pkwy.
  • Glen Burnie, Ritchie Hwy.
  • Frederick, W. Patrick St.
  • Montgomery Village, Montgomery Village Ave.
  • Oxon Hill, Livingston Rd.
  • Takoma Park, New Hampshire Ave.
  • Timonium, East Padonia Rd.
  • Wheaton, Randolph Rd.

Virginia

  • Alexandria, Little River Turnpike
  • Burke, Old Keene Mill Road
  • Chantilly, Chantilly Crossing Ln.
  • Charlottesville, Twentyninth Place Ct.
  • Falls Church, Gallows Rd.
  • Manassas, Liberia Ave.

The new stores are part of a $500 million expansion into the U.S. Lidl offers a competitive pay package that includes health care for both part-time and full-time employees. The stores will be supported by a new $100 million distribution center at Principio Business Park in Cecil County. The Maryland Department of Commerce helped fund the project with the award of a $360,000 loan.

What do you think? Are you excited that Lidl is doubling its footprint in the DMV? Tell us in the comments!