German grocer Lidl opens first Maryland location in Bowie

Beverly and Buddy Boone were in line at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Maryland’s first Lidl grocery store — off Annapolis Road in Bowie — didn’t open until 8 a.m. The Heather Hills neighborhood residents were rewarded for their dedication with a $100 gift card and a bouquet of flowers for being the first customer in line. German grocery chain Lidl entered the Maryland market nearly a year after opening its first Washington, D.C.,-area location. Lidl (pronounced LEE-dul) operates under a strategy of providing private-label goods for discount prices, which puts it in competition with larger grocers like Giant and Whole Foods and smaller discount chains like fellow-German grocery chain Aldi. (Balt. Sun)

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