German grocer Lidl will open its Route 58, Riverhead store on Wednesday morning.
The groundbreaking event, which kicks off at 7:40 am with a groundbreaking ceremony, will feature special “get ’em while you can,” the company said in a press release last week. The first 100 customers will receive a special gift card ranging from $ 5 to $ 100 each. There will be other giveaways and buyers can enter to win a $ 500 Lidl gift card, according to the press release.
The store will feature hundreds of organic and gluten-free products from its selection of private label and national brand products, including an “ever-changing selection of food and non-food specialties brought in every Wednesday for a limited time,” according to the press. . Release. The rotating non-food selection will include fitness equipment, small kitchen appliances, toys, outdoor furniture, and more, he said.
It will also carry produce, meats, seafood, baked goods, cut flowers and other items found in “low cost Lidl” supermarkets.
Like its German discount competitor Aldi, which opened in Riverhead in January 2014, around 80% of Lidl’s products are private labels. Lidl said the majority of its products come from the United States. It also offers “unique European specialty products ranging from hard-to-find cheeses to authentic specialty sauces, cold cuts and more.”
Lidl backs its products with a “Love it Guarantee” which entitles buyers to a refund and replacement if they do not like the product they are purchasing.
Lidl, which operates more than 11,000 stores in 32 countries, opened its first store in the United States in 2017. It currently operates more than 150 stores in the east coast states. Lidl US is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.
The Riverhead store, located at 1151 Old Country Road, is Lidl’s 18th on Long Island. It will operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days.
Lidl Riverhead is currently recruiting. The starting salary is $ 16.50 per hour.
Lidl provides medical benefits, prescription drugs, dental and vision care to all employees, including part-time employees. It also offers employees up to 20 days of paid vacation per year (for sickness or vacation) plus six paid holidays per year. It also offers a 401K plan with a 5% match with the company and no vesting schedule.
The company also offers a “total wellness” program to all employees, which includes a monetary reward for performing annual health exams, and an employee assistance program (available to employees and members of the company. their household.)
Those interested can apply online here.
Lidl Riverhead’s 35,000 square foot supermarket was previously occupied by Toys ‘R’ Us, which closed in April 2018 following the chain’s bankruptcy in September 2017. The store was originally built as a specialty supermarket, Gamaldi’s Meat Way in the early 1990s. It closed after only a few years and the property was sold to Toys ‘R’ Us in 1995.
In November 2018, Lidl announced the purchase of 24 Best Market stores in Long Island, as well as three in New York and one in New Jersey. Prior to the acquisition, Lidl operated 59 supermarkets in the United States. Lidl said as it plans a step-by-step transition process from 2019 that would involve the remodeling, reinvestment and re-branding of Best Market stores into converted Lidl stores.
The space previously occupied by Best Market in Riverhead, located in the TJ Maxx Mall at 1120 Old Country Road, was reopened in March as a Fine Fare supermarket. Fine Fare Supermarkets is an independent supermarket chain in the New York City area. There are several locations in Suffolk including Middle Island, Brentwood, Farmingville, and Copiague.
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