Lidl, the German discount supermarket chain that opened its first stores in the U.S. this summer, plans to open two stores in Berks and Montgomery counties.
Similar to rival Aldi, another German discount supermarket chain that has been aggressively expanding in the U.S., Lidl offers mostly private-label and high-end merchandise that vendors produce specifically for it, often from Europe, at low prices.
Lidl plans to build a store in the 4400-4500 block of North Fifth Street Highway in Muhlenberg Township and on a four-acre parcel across from the Upland Square Shopping Center in West Pottsgrove Township.
No dates for construction or openings have been announced for the glass-front stores that range from 20,000 to 36,000 square feet.
Lidl did not respond to a request seeking comment.
The company plans to build three stores in the Lehigh Valley:
• Freemansburg Avenue, across the street from the ShopRite at Madison Farms in Bethlehem Township.
• MacArthur and Eberhardt roads in Whitehall Township.
• Freemansburg Avenue and 25th Street in Wilson borough.
Lidl, which plans to open 100 stores from New Jersey to Georgia, opened the first 24 stores this summer in Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The company has more than 10,000 stores in 27 countries in Europe and has three regional headquarters and distribution centers under construction in several states. It also established real estate teams in offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.