Globally, Lidl has greater than 11,500 shops in round 30 international locations. I visited a Lidl retailer within the UK, the place the corporate has greater than 800 places. I might shopped at Lidl often, however had by no means been to this specific retailer in Limehouse, London, earlier than.
Although the shop wasn’t big, it had its personal giant parking zone.
The skin space of the shop was devoted to gardening merchandise.
You needed to undergo separate doorways to get out and in that jogged my memory a little bit of airport safety …
… and as soon as in, you needed to move by way of a turnstile, too. It isn’t typically you encounter certainly one of these in a grocery retailer, and I wasn’t certain what the aim of it was.
The remainder of the shop was equally chaotic. There was a pile of crates filled with discounted recent produce on the entrance designated at Lidl’s “choose of the week,” although some have been empty and stacked at jaunty angles.
These included garlic, eggplant, and oranges, with variations of between 28% and 46%, although the eggplants have been notably small.
Moderately than unpacking merchandise in rows on its cabinets, Lidl shows them within the crates and bins they’re delivered in.
However this meant the shop was affected by empty crates.
In some circumstances, these took over the aisles.
Cages that workers used to inventory cabinets and take away empty packaging have been littered across the retailer, too.
A number of the aisles have been neater, although.
Considered one of these sections was a two-sided aisle lined in orange labels which included merchandise corresponding to beer, olive oil, hand cream, and automotive air freshener. It wasn’t clear why these merchandise have been displayed right here and whether or not they have been discounted, approaching their use-by date, or just being cleared to make room for brand new inventory.
There was additionally an area devoted to Dutch and Belgian objects, too. There was an analogous show of Dutch and Belgian merchandise within the freezer part, together with waffles, fish bites, and frikandellen.
You might, for instance, purchase chocolate windmills. The merchandise have been all labeled with the manufacturers “Dutch Fashion,” “Belgian Fashion,” or “Unique Belgian Specialities.”
On this part, there was additionally a field stuffed with a really random assortment of things with 30%-off stickers.
However in addition to the two-sided aisle, there have been additionally piles of merchandise on the finish of another aisles too, equally touting orange “when it is gone, it is gone” labels.
… from electronics, kitchenware, and grooming merchandise …
… to “Frozen” pyjamas …
… and leaf blowers. The aisles have been designated as both “Thursday” or “Sunday,” which I assumed was when the inventory was being changed.
Elsewhere within the retailer, there have been additionally two bins full of various 99p cleansing objects.
Whereas Lidl sells some big-name manufacturers, it primarily sells own-label merchandise. Identical to at Aldi, a few of its merchandise look like based mostly carefully on widespread manufacturers, and in plenty of circumstances have been displayed proper subsequent to them.
The shop additionally had an enormous out of doors signal going through the principle street proclaiming it as “massive on British,” in addition to union jacks dotted throughout a few of its packaging.