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Lidl To Begin U.S. Invasion This Summer

A Lidl grocery store

Discount German grocer Lidl is set to open its first 20 U.S. stores this summer.

South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia will host the first stores. Within a year the firm plans to add another 80 across U.S. markets, RetailDive reports. The stores will measure 30k SF and offer a combination of convenience, price and quality, according to Lidl U.S. president Brendan Proctor.

The German chain has been recruiting employees to run its U.S. stores for over a month, and among other qualifications, the firm requires store manager applicants to have a passport to accommodate a six-month training period, which includes time spent in Germany.