These Two Grocery Chains Are Competing to Expand

Over the last few years, store growth has been the name of the game for supermarket chain Wegmans and international discount grocer Lidl.

Both have attempted to expand their presence in the United States, particularly on the east coast and in the northeast, often competing for client attention in shared markets.

The two brands will compete head to head, with storefronts set to open just a block apart in northwest Washington, D.C.–which will be terrific for supporters of both brands and shoppers.

While both supermarkets have locations in the D.C. area, this will be Wegmans' first store in the District, planned to debut on July 13 this year.

The Lidl store, on the other hand, is set to open in late 2023, making it the third of its sort in the District, with two more set to open by the end of 2022.

Wegmans has come a long way since its humble origins in Rochester, New York in 1916. There are now 107 stores in the chain.

Lidl stores, on the other hand, have a very different history, having only opened in the United States in 2017. In addition to the United States, the chain was founded in Germany and now operates in over 30 European nations.

Lidl has 165 sites in the United States, including Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Whether shoppers are die-hard fans of one, both, or are just learning about Wegmans and Lidl, both are brands that will continue to make grocery store headlines as they push through with their development plans.

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