Lidl, the German discount supermarket chain, will begin building its first ground-up grocery store development on Long Island next week.
The chain will invest more than $15 million in the project that will bring a new 32,000-square-foot prototype store to a 5-acre site at 450 Commack Road in Deer Park.
Lidl signed a ground lease with the development site’s owner Milvado Property Group to accommodate the new store.
The fast-growing grocery chain currently has more than 20 stores on Long Island, with the bulk of those being remodeled retail spaces that were formerly occupied by Best Market and other supermarkets. Lidl purchased the 27-store Best Market chain in 2018 and has been rebranding most of those locations.
Lidl will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony at the Deer Park development site at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27. There will be a food reception after the ceremony showcasing some of the company’s products.
Lidl partnered with Lauren Rochelle to create a limited-edition reusable shopping bag that will be sold at its stores beginning May 4. All proceeds from the bag sales will be donated to the John Theissen Children’s Foundation.
The Deer Park Lidl, which will create about 60 jobs, is expected to open in the winter of 2023.
Ken Schuckman and Jessica Vilmenay of Schuckman Realty represented Lidl and the property owner Milvado in the Deer Park ground lease transaction.
“We were honored to work with David Hercman of Milvado and the Lidl real estate team to bring this deal to fruition,” Schuckman told LIBN. “Representing Lidl on Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn, we are excited to be a part of assisting the company in their strategic growth in this region. We have a number of deals that we look forward to announcing in the coming months.”