Merchant Lidl has unveiled plans for a third store in Washington, DC as it prepares for the opening of its 34th Virginia location next week.
The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) said Monday that Lidl US plans to build a nearly 29,000-square-foot facility in Upton Place, a new mixed-use development on 4,000 Wisconsin Ave. NW in the District of Columbia by Donohoe Cos. and partner Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO). No expected opening date was announced
Meanwhile, Arlington, U.S.-based Lidl US, said it plans to open a new store at 1330 Chain Bridge Rd. in McLean, Va., June 1st. The chain currently operates more than 20 stores in the DC / Maryland / Virginia region (DMV).
Lidl broke ground at its first DC location in January. The 29,000-square-foot store in Skyland Town Center is slated to open in late fall 2022. According to the grocery chain, the store will mark the first new supermarket to serve residents of Sections 7 and 8 for more than a decade. WDCEP said it first started courting Lidl for a DC store in 2014.
In February, Lidl and the DC mayor’s office announced plans for a 27,000-square-foot store on the ground floor of the DC USA Mall in the district’s Columbia Heights neighborhood.
“We at Lidl US are ecstatic to bring a Lidl store to the amazing Upton Place project and the neighboring community,” said Daniel Goodman, Real Estate Director for Lidl in the DC / Maryland market, in a statement. “This is our third DC location and further enhances our goal of conveniently bringing Lidl’s high quality offerings and unbeatable prices to the DC community.”
Upton Place replaces an aging office building formerly inhabited by Fannie Mae. Anchoring the mixed project are 689 new housing units and 100,000 square feet of retail space in front of Wisconsin Avenue NW in the Cathedral Heights community.
“We are pleased that Lidl is committed to being part of the district’s growing grocery industry,” commented WDCEP President and CEO Keith Sellars. “WDCEP has partnered with our partners, including the city and private investors, for over two decades to achieve the best level of grocery diversity and offerings across the city.”
The Upton Place project will include a six- and eight-storey building, three courtyards, two roof terraces, a pool, yoga studio and gym.
Lidl said it invested about $ 10 million in the 25,000-square-foot McLean store. As in the German-based grocery store elsewhere in the United States, McLean Lidl offers a selection of fresh produce – including ingredients, a fresh bakery, beef, poultry and seafood – plus a range of household products that rotate weekly. Lidl maintains a daily offer at low prices via a high percentage of private label products, a selected selection and a compact format that is easy to shop, with ultra-efficient operation.
“Lidl has a long-standing commitment to Virginia, after locating its U.S. headquarters here in the Commonwealth,” said Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Secretary Matthew Lohr. “This McLean store will be their 34th in Virginia, and their $ 10 billion investment will bring affordable food and groceries to families across the region.”
In total, Lidl US operates about 170 stores in nine East Coast states, including Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.