How about those hard discounters?
To much hype, Lidl has finally made its debut in the United States with the opening of 20 locations in June. The German-based grocer has ambitious plans to grow quickly and have 100 U.S. stores up and running by mid 2018. Some analysts say it’s only a matter of time before the European hard discounters, like Lidl and Aldi, look north to Canada. Should that happen, are you prepared?
We asked readers on CanadianGrocer.com:
How do you feel about the threat posed by Lidl if it lands in Canada?
- 17% Not too bothered. We have a compelling offering that the hard discounters can’t match.
- 21% Don’t know. I’ve heard about Lidl’s impact in the U.K., but Canada is a different market.
- 26% Somewhat worried, but competition just forces us to be better.
- 36% Very worried. We’re already competing in a tough environment, Lidl would add to our woes.
This month’s poll question: Will the Whole Foods, Amazon deal speed up your plans to introduce e-commerce and/or a delivery service? To answer, go to our homepage. The poll is in the lower right corner.