German discount grocer planned for Chantilly

You’ve probably heard of the Lidl grocery chain, but only if you’ve spent time in Europe.  That should soon change.

The discount grocer operates 10,000 stores in 27 European countries. Now, it’s moving into the U.S. grocery scene and a 30,000 square foot store is planned for the Chantilly Crossing Shopping Center.  That size is about 3 times larger than Lidl’s average store in Europe.  In addition to food, the store is expected to also sell clothes, appliances and household goods.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved plans for the Lidl store Tuesday. It will be built on a five-acre empty field on the southeast corner of Lee Road and Chantilly Crossing Lane. The board’s zoning approval also allows the company to build an 18,000-square-foot multi-tenant, retail building right next to its grocery store.



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