Germany discount grocer Lidl isn’t standing still in its grand US entrance as reports of store planning in Ohio and Texas have been confirmed to be underway, making it the company’s first big push to the west as its initial round of stores have so far held to the upper East Coast states.
Planed Grocery, a group that tracks records of proposed, planned and under construction grocery stores, has been able to track down 130 Lidl sites, up from the store’s initial 100 location rollout. Another data firm, MTN Retail Advisors, believes they have more than 233 Lidl locations on the map.
Two of the locations that Planned Grocery claims to have official confirmation on are said to be in the Houston, Texas area, but signs show this specific expansion southbound to be an isolated rollout. States along the Gulf Coast may have to wait for their own Lidl stores.
Expansion into the Midwest however seems to be moving in line. On Thursday, Lidl confirmed interest in an Ohio rollout to Supermarket News, but that the move could take some time. While the Lidl spokesman would not formally say the expansion was a done deal, local media reports in Ohio say otherwise. A site near Youngstown is said to be under consideration and several other locations near Dayton and Cincinnati are being looked at as possibilities.
Looking to find whether a Lidl location is coming your way? Check out our list of towns believed to be among the first to experience the Lidl experience.