There were long lines before the doors opened at 8 a.m., and one man reportedly started waiting at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, even though there was no big prize for being the first one.
Shoppers received free grocery bags, other items, and gift cards. One lucky customer got a $500 gift card; the rest were worth $5 to $100.
According to a store supervisor, what makes Lidl special are “prices and quality.” He says the store is able to reduce prices due to a streamlined merchandising process.
|People waiting in line for the doors to open. [James Albright]|
This is the third new supermarket in Mason District this year. Food Star opened in Bailey’s Crossroads in February, and Giant replaced Shopper’s in Seven Corners in March. A new grocery store is expected to open in the new shopping center that replaced Kmart in Annandale.
The Lidle occupies a long-vacant space in Pinecrest Plaza that previously housed a Staples. Before that, it was Whole Foods.
Lidl lists its address as Alexandria, but its much closer to Annandale. According to Google Maps, it’s in Lincolnia. What do you call that area?