Lidl Will Open Two MoCo Locations in 2021

In the last year we’ve reported on two upcoming Lidl stores that will be in Glenmont (old Shoppers location) and in Montgomery Village (in the now-vacant Professional Center site that is on Montgomery Village and Centerway, across from the Montgomery Village shopping center).

Governor Larry Hogan announced today that Lidl US, America’s fastest growing retailer, will open 10 new stores and add 400 jobs in Maryland by the end of 2021, more than doubling its footprint in the state.

Similar to Aldi, Lidl is a discount international grocery store that is based out of Germany.

Both stores are expected to open in 2021. According to the Montgomery Village Foundation website, the MV location is expected to open in March 2021 (rendering below). No expected opening date for the Glenmont location yet, but we would expect it around that time as well.


13 Comments on "Lidl Will Open Two MoCo Locations in 2021"

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  2. It’s the Lidl Store That Could.

  3. I don’t understand can someone explain. Aldi and Lidl are basically the SAME THING. And yet they’re opening right across from each other? Couldn’t we have had something else in that huge professional area?

    • Similar, but not exactly the same. Lidl has an in-store bakery, for example, whereas Aldi does not. Lidl stores are larger (this store will be 30,000 square feet; Aldi stores are usually 12,000 – 20,000 sf), and offer a larger selection (up to 4,000 SKUs compared to Aldi’s 1,200, according to Google). But you are right, there is definitely overlap in terms of strategy and pricing.

      To your point about something else at the Professional Center — my understanding is that Lidl will occupy one part of the site, and there’s another development site immediately adjacent; currently TBD what will be going in there.

      • That area looks horrible !!!! The owners of this shopping center should be ashamed ! Grass not cut, trucks and broken down cars all over the lots ! This is why we pay taxes here to see this eye sore ? Drive by and check it out !

      • This company seems to have several food safety and employees’ rights violations in other countries, hiw do youplan to avoid them doing the same here?
        Also, how come you let them open in the Glenmont area of Montgomery County when you denied Wal-Mart a few year back?

    • Up in Olney, there’s a big Giant, a big Safeway, and a big Harris Teeter within hailing distance of each other. There’s also a mid-sized Giant in Leisure World Plaza and a very large Giant about 5 minutes away in Aspen Hill. Putting competing stores, or even multiple stores from the same chain, on top of each other is a long-standing tradition ’round these parts. At least these are two competing companies…!

  4. Are you sure about Glenmont? There’s a sign out front for “International Market” or something like that now… I’m going to be crushed because I loved Shoppers but LIDL was a fair trade off.

    • The Glenmont location was included in today’s press release by Governor Hogan. Always a chance that it could be something else, but Lidl is described as an “International discount grocery chain” which could also be what the sign is referring to.

    • The International Market banner is for a shop closer to the arcade area of the Glenmont Shopping Center. Lidl is still going into to Shopper’s spot and they’ve just re-paved the parking lot today. Lots of work going on inside the building.

  5. I am so glad and excited that Lidl is coming to where Shoppers was previously located in Glenmont. It was such a convenient place for people to shop, mainly because it’s close to Randolph and Wheaton and there aren’t any good grocery stores in that area after Shoppers left. I am particularly excited about the in-store bakery. I used to love buying fresh-baked cupcakes from Shoppers, and I can’t wait to try out Lidl’s bakery items.

  6. This company seems to have several food safety and employees’ rights violations in other countries, how do the county and/or state plan to avoid them doing the same here? Specially now when COVID has made us so aware of the importance of these essential workers and the disadvantages that they face? How are we going to protect them?
    Also, how come the Montgomery County Council and Government let them open in the Glenmont area of the County when denied Wal-Mart a few years back?

  7. The glenmont shopping center needs a face lift!!!!!
    It looks like a junk yard now with my those box trucks parked for sale??
    I don’t understand owners would tow your car away if you walked across to stain glass pub for dinner after you shopped at cvs/staples but let 20 some trucks park there.


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