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Discount grocer Lidl is the 22nd store in LI to open this month

Lidl’s 22nd Long Island discount store will soon open in the space that Waldbaum’s Supermarket operated in for nearly 40 years before it filed for bankruptcy.

The new supermarket will open at 2475 Jericho Tpke. June 15 at Garden City Park, Lidl said in a statement Monday.

“I am delighted that Lidl has opened its doors in Garden City Park, the first store in North Hampstead,” North Hempstead councilor Dennis Walsh said in a Lidl statement. “This place has been vacant for some time. We are happy that such a much-needed store has opened in the 3rd district.”

Lidl spent more than $6 million on the Garden City Park store, which employs more than 45 people, the chain said.

The German retailer entered the Long Island market after acquiring 27 stores in New York and New Jersey, including all 24 on Long Island, from Bethpage-based Best Market in January 2019.

Lidl is known as a “limited range” store with smaller store sizes than traditional supermarkets.
Credit: Lidl

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Waldbaum’s opened in 1976 in Garden City Park. The store was one of 51 grocery stores on Long Island that closed after their parent company, Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2015.

The Garden City Park space was later taken over by other grocery stores. Garden City Food opened there in 2016. It was replaced by Super Fresh Food World, which closed in 2018.

Long Island is changing

Lidl has a limited range, its stores are smaller than traditional supermarkets and it sells a high percentage of its own brands.

Lidl operates approximately 11,550 stores in 32 countries, including more than 150 US stores in nine states on the East Coast.

The chain, with US headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, said it plans to open 50 stores on Long Island by 2029.

Lidl’s Long Island supermarket acquisition included the retailer permanently closing several Best Market stores. In addition, Lidl opened three new stores in vacant locations – Plainview, Center Moriches and Riverhead.

Two more Lidl stores are expected to open on Long Island next year.

Best Market in Commack, formerly closed at 84 Jericho Tpke. The Mayfair shopping center is expected to reopen this autumn as a 30,000 sq ft Lidl in February 2021, but in a different space – Stein Mart’s former location in the shopping centre.

Lidl also plans to open a store in early 2023 at 450 Commack Road in Deer Park, the grocer’s first new construction store on Long Island.

The store will be 35,827 square feet, said Patrick Maslinski, a spokesman for the city of Babylon.