Grocery Stores

The First Lidl Grocery Store in Philadelphia Is Now Open in Port Richmond

The popular and inexpensive German chain could give other grocers in the area a run for their money.


Lidl’s produce section | Courtesy of Lidl

Lidl opened its newest store in Pennsylvania this week — the Port Richmond store will be Lidl’s first in the city and sixth in Pennsylvania, joining 75 others across the East Coast. 

This is kind of a big deal. This German-import supermarket has been gaining traction in the U.S. lately for its low prices and quality goods.  Food & Wine claims it’s “like Trader Joe’s, but better” and they also ranked Lidl a Top 3 U.S. Supermarket – ahead of Aldi,  Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods. Well, it’s certainly piqued our interest.

Lidl exterior / Courtesy of Lidl

Lidl has all of the grocery store you would find at any one of other shops in the area, including a bakery, flowers, organic fruits and veggies and gluten-free products, plus hard-to-find cheeses to authentic specialty sauces, cured meats, and more. (They also have non-food stuff like fitness gear, small kitchen appliances, toys, outdoor furniture.)  They also have some nice perks: their flowers are guaranteed fresh for five days at a minimum, with roses and lilies guaranteed for seven. 

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They’re also known for their low prices. A legitimate, real-life study from the University of North Carolina found that grocery stores located near Lidl food markets dropped their prices when the retailer moved in.

The biggest reason we’re pretty excited about them actually has nothing to do with their groceries. It’s their business policies: they claim to offer wages and benefits above industry standard, and just announced they’re expanding healthcare coverage to all workers starting in January 2020, including those working part-time, regardless of the number of hours worked. That’s a big deal since Lidl operates more than 11,000 stores, employing around 287,000 employees globally. And that’s exactly what we like to see. 

If you want to put it all to the test yourself, the new store is now open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday at 2290 E. Butler Street. 

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