Global Expansion to United States Reported in System Integration News
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In a recent issue Jon Springer reported in Supermarket News that German retailer Lidl established U.S. headquarters and distribution facility, pledging to create "a unique experience for American consumers that will be unlike anything else in the market." The announcement comes almost exactly two years after reports first surfaced of Lidl's plans to expand in the U.S. The release also confirmed that former Lidl Ireland president Brendan Proctor will lead the effort as president and CEO of Lidl US. Lidl, based in Neckarsulm, Germany, is one of Europe's leading retailers, operating nearly 10,000 stores in 26 countries. Sources told SN it was seeking to expand in the U.S. because it was nearing saturation in many European markets. Privately held by the family-owned Schwarz Group, Lidl (along with German based sister banner Kaufland) generated around $98.3 billion (U.S.) in annual sales in 2014.
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