Over recent years, there’s been much change to Long Island’s supermarket landscape.
We reported on the closing of all A&P stores, most of which were Pathmarks, the closing of the iconic King Kullen chain with acquisition by Stop & Shop, and the expansion of six other grocer brands across the L.I. including ShopRite, Best Market, Stew Leonard’s, Hmart and more.
Many of those grocer brands you’re familiar with, but there’s about to be a new face on Long Island: Lidl.
Lidl’s Long Island Move & Best Market Acquisition
Lidl, which operates about 10,500 stores in 29 countries, is a discount grocer selling 80-90% private label brands, much like its Germany-based competitor, Aldi. Since Lidl established its U.S. headquarters in 2015 in Virginia, it has opened and operates more than 65 stores across nine east coast states.
In late November 2018, Best Market announced that a finalized acquisition deal with Lidl US will result in Lidl taking over, remodeling and re-branding all Best Market’s 24 Long Island stores beginning in mid-2019.
This deal allows Lidl to expand its regional presence and enter a new market on Long Island, but Lidl will also be building brand new stores as well.
Lidl Grocery Store Locations on Long Island
By 2020, using local contractors, Lidl will remodel and convert two of its recently acquired Best Market stores, in Babylon and Huntington, while the Plainview and Center Moriches stores will be new builds.
The planned stores for remodeling are currently located in the Hubbard’s Commons shopping center at 725 Sunrise Highway in West Babylon, and in Turnpike Plaza at 711 East Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station.
A Plainview location will replace the Best Market store that was in Hicksville at a former ShopRite space, located at 998 Old Country Road in the Morton Village Shopping Center. As of September 2019, that Best Market store has closed.
The Center Moriches location will be in a former Waldbaum’s space at 812 Main Street. These stores will be “the first of several waves of openings” said Lidl US’s CEO.
Lidl’s Second Wave of Store Openings on Long Island
In October 2019, Lidl announced they are slated to open another four locations in 2020. The additional four locations will be in East Meadow, Oakdale, Patchogue, and Lake Grove.
This brings the total number of announced store openings on Long Island to eight. Two of these locations will be in Nassau County, and six will be in Suffolk County.
What Lidl Can Bring to Long Islanders
Lidl stresses its importance of bringing simple and efficient shopping to its customers. Lidl’s offerings will be unique and different from a traditional grocer. Although it doesn’t offer traditional service counters, Lidl does have a fresh selection of packaged meat, seafood, and deli items. The design of the store’s layouts promotes an ease-of-shopping and streamlined experience.
Some of Lidl’s offerings will include fresh-baked bread and pastries, exclusive private American brands that are high-quality, healthy and sustainable food choices, organic options, gluten-free options including fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and packaged food items.
All products will be available at competitively low prices, a changing selection of limited-time nonfood items on a weekly basis, including fitness gear, small kitchen appliances, toys, and outdoor furniture.