Lidl, which has been acquiring supermarket sites up and down the east coast for the last couple years, said last month it would build a regional distribution center in Cecil County, Maryland. The site will be the company's third such center in the U.S. Lidl previously announced it would build warehouses in Fredericksburg, VA and Mebane, NC. Its U.S. headquarters are in Arlington, VA.
Lidl operates about 10,000 stores in 27 countries, and is considered a major competitor to Aldi. In the U.S., Lidl reportedly plans to open about 100 stores in early 2018. At 36,000 square feet, the stores will be nearly twice the size of Aldi's U.S. stores.