As part of its move to stake a claim in the American market, Lidl will establish its U.S. headquarters in Arlington County and a regional headquarters and distribution center in Spotsylvania County. The combined investment of $202 million will create a total of 700 new jobs.
Lidl is one of the top retailers worldwide. The German discount supermarket chain was founded by the Schwarz family in 1930 and belongs to the Schwarz Gruppe. It now operates nearly 10,000 stores in 26 countries.
The company will purchase and upfit an existing building in Arlington County and plans to build the site in Spotsylvania County to its own specifications.
Lidl selected Arlington County for its headquarters location due to its proximity to Washington, D.C., and management’s desire to be part of a world-class city. Arlington County provides cultural and quality-of-life opportunities, along with access to an international airport and a highly educated workforce.
In addition, the distribution center in Spotsylvania County offers a strategic location along the I-95 corridor with easy access to the U.S. market.
“The market opportunities, depth of the talented job force and strategic location that Virginia provides presents an incredible opportunity for Lidl to launch its expansion into the United States,” said Brendan Proctor. “We want to thank Governor Terry McAuliffe, as well as the teams in Arlington and Spotsylvania, who recognized Lidl’s potential and worked with us to bring Lidl to the area.”
Keith Boswell, VEDP managing director, Federal Strategies, worked on the project. “It’s very satisfying when the product you sell is received by a prospect and verified by their decision. Both the Arlington and Spotsylvania communities had product ready to go with a building and sites that the client found appealing, and that was extremely helpful in winning this project.”