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Lidl speeds up plans for new stores

  • This is an artist’s rendering of the 36,000-square-foot Lidl store to be built in North Augusta.

German grocer, Lidl announced Wednesday that its first wave of U.S. stores, which includes locations planned for Pooler and Bluffton, S.C., are moving ahead of schedule with some of the stores opening this summer instead of 2018 as previously announced, according to an Associated Press report.

The site and landscape plans for the 36,170-square-foot Pooler location, which will be at the corner of Park Avenue and Canal Street were approved last summer and the company also submitted plans last fall to build a 35,962-square-foot store on Buckwalter Towne Boulevard in the Buckwalter Place in Bluffton.

While exact dates for the Pooler and Bluffton locations hasn’t been announced, the chain plans to open an additional 100 stores along the east coast within the year, according to the report.

German grocer Aldi also has a Pooler location in the pipeline. Site and landscape plans for that development, which will have a 19,054-square-foot footprint on a 2.4-acre lot at the corner of Maxwell Drive and Trader’s Way were approved in November.

Both stores are similar, offering products and produce at discounted prices while focusing more on store-brand labels rather than name brand items. While Lidl recently established a U.S. headquarters in Arlington, Va., in 2015 Aldi has been in the domestic market since the 1970s.

A spokesman for Lidl could not be reached on Wednesday, but according to the AP report Lidl’s first 20 U.S. stores will be opening in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Lidl operates about 10,000 stores in 27 countries.

Associated Press writer Anne D’Innocenzio contributed to this story.

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