Lidl, the German discount supermarket chain, will open a new store in Deer Park next week, its largest in the region.
The 32,000-square-foot grocery store was built on a 5-acre site at 450 Commack Road and the $12 million project is Lidl’s first ground-up store development on Long Island.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new store is planned for 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Lidl will employ more than 50 people at the Deer Park location.
Throughout its grand opening weekend from Wednesday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 22, Lidl will donate $1 to Cohen Children’s Medical Center for every new myLidl member who signs up and sets Lidl Deer Park as their home store. The first 100 customers in line before the ribbon cutting will be presented with a gift card ranging from $5 to $100 each. Shoppers can also enter to win a $500 Lidl gift card and take advantage of special giveaways.
Ahead of the Deer Park grand opening, Lidl will be hosting an open house at the store on Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., where local community members are invited to check out the store for the first time.
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.
The Deer Park store was made possible by a ground lease from the property owner Milvado Property Group. Ken Schuckman and Jessica Vilmenay of Schuckman Realty represented Lidl, as well as Milvado in the Deer Park ground lease transaction.