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Lidl Begins Hiring For Rollout of First US Stores

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Aldi can expect some tough competition next year as rival discount grocer Lidl is set to open a wave of locations in the U.S. The German company has kept many launch details a secret, but as their 2017/2018 rollout is just around the corner, the first hiring events show progress is underway.

On Monday, Lidl held its first hiring event for store manager positions and will be holding a second recruitment event for supervisors this Wednesday in Fairfax, Virginia, close to the company’s U.S. headquarters.

For those of you looking at this news as a sign that Lidl will open its doors in the first half of 2017, the job postings hold some clues that might dampen your hope. Lidl notes that managers must have a valid passport, as travel to Europe will be required for the six-month training program. That means we shouldn’t expect the first stores to open, at the earliest, until June.

Lidl is currently showing 75 U.S. openings on their employment site though, including real estate and human resource positions, along with the need for a German language teacher to most likely help train employees for communications with the home base in Germany.

There are still plenty of details to come, but with an estimated rollout of at least 80 stores along the East Coast, those details should be coming soon.

Sources: Lidl, Reuters

Photo: Kristian Bjornard [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
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