German grocery chain buys Dover building

David Weissman

A German-based discount grocery chain, currently with no active stores in the U.S., has purchased the former Spangler's supermarket building in Dover.

Lidl, which operates nearly 10,000 stores in 26 European countries, bought the building at 3025 Carlisle Road in late November for more than $2.7 million from Spring Lane LLC, according to a deed filed with the York County Recorder of Deeds.

Lidl markets offer customers fresh meat, produce, bakery items and household goods "at the lowest possible prices," according to the company's website.

In a June press release, Lidl announced it was establishing its U.S. corporate headquarters in Arlington County, Virginia, in addition to a distribution center facility in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

The company is still in the early stages of launching its expansion into the U.S. market, according to the release.

No one from Lidl could be reached for comment.

“We are excited to take this important step to launch Lidl’s expansion into the United States and look forward to introducing American consumers to a different type of shopping experience,” Brendan Proctor, president and CEO of Lidl US, said in the release. “Our philosophy is simple: we are focused on offering customers top quality products at the most competitive pricing in convenient locations. We plan to build on the foundation that has made Lidl so successful in Europe, while creating a unique experience for American consumers that will be unlike anything else in the market.”

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