Lidl US will open its Deer Park, New York, store—the grocer’s largest and first ground-up build on Long Island—on Jan. 18, the Arlington, Virginia-based division of Germany’s Schwarz Group said on Monday.
The approximately 36,000-square-foot store at 450 Commack Rd. is Lidl’s 24th location on Long Island. Lidl said it invested over $12 million in this store, which will create more than 50 new jobs, with starting pay of $17.50 an hour and comprehensive benefits for all employees, including healthcare, Lidl said.
"The new Deer Park Lidl store is a tremendous asset for Long Islanders,” said Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy in a statement. “Lidl has a proven track record of providing great grocery at low prices and offering their employees strong compensation and benefits. I have seen firsthand how Lidl's presence in Suffolk County has given a choice that didn't exist prior."
The ribbon cutting at the new Lidl is scheduled for 7:40 a.m., with doors opening to the public at 8 a.m. The first 100 customers in line before the ribbon cutting will be presented with a special gift card ranging from $5 to $100 each. Shoppers at the grand opening can also enter to win a $500 Lidl gift card and other planned giveaways.
Looking to establish an eco-friendly store design, the Deer Park location is the discount grocer’s first store in New York to use CO2 natural refrigerant as well as to install EV charging stations.
“We commend Lidl for investing in the latest clean, efficient technology while building this state-of-the-art store,” said PSEG Long Island’s Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Michael Voltz in a statement. “The installed electric vehicle chargers will support their customers who choose to drive electric vehicles, and the efficient refrigeration equipment will save Lidl money and energy while helping the environment.”
As part of its grand opening celebrations, Lidl will donate $1 to Cohen Children’s Medical Center, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, for every new myLidl member who signs up and sets Lidl Deer Park as their home store.
Lidl said it is proud to partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and its network of hospitals in Lidl’s East Coast markets throughout January to give back and also celebrate the recent launch of its private-label produce line Peak Harvest.
Lidl US operates 170 stores across Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and New York.