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Lidl may hop across the Atlantic

German discounter looks at whether there's room for it in America

Ten years ago, the German hard-discount grocer Lidl hinted it was coming to Canada. Within a year, those plans were shelved.

Now, it appears Lidl is planning a trans-Atlantic expansion, after all. Not to Canada but to the United States.

According to, Lidl will spend the next year and a half exploring the American market before deciding whether to open stores there.

Lidl, like its better-known German rival Aldi, carries a limited assortment of groceries, which are sold at discount prices. Aldi already operates in the U.S.

Lidl has some 10,000 stores in Europe.

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