Lidl

A Lidl in Cornwall, UK

Lidl (either leed-ul as pronounced in recently-launched British TV commercials, or lid-ul) is a European discount supermarket chain of German origin that operates 5,000 stores. In Germany it is the most important competitor of Aldi. The full name of the company is Lidl Stiftung & Co KG. It belongs to the holding group Schwarz, which also owns the store chains Handelshof and Kaufland.

It was founded in the 1930s by a member of the Schwarz family, then called Schwarz Lebensmittel-SortimentsgroƟhandlung. In the 1970s the first Lidl stores of today's incarnation opened.

Lidl is the fifth largest supermarket chain in Germany (2004), and has established itself in over 17 countries around the world.

Criticism of Lidl

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Lidl has received critical attention in Germany over their treatment of workers, with trade unionists said to be blacklisted (refusal to employ union members). Lidl faces allegations about unpaid overtime, low wages and management by threats. The German trade union Ver.di has taken Lidl to task for its supposed bad labour practices.

Lidl is also said to use aggressive strategies against their suppliers to enforce low prices.

Countries with Lidl shops

Current

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway (the first ten stores opened September 23, 2004)
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Planned

  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland

Competitors

  • Aldi (7000 stores)
  • Netto (1200 stores)
  • Kwiksave (UK only)

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Lidl is also said to use aggressive strategies against their suppliers to enforce low prices. See also: list of jazz festivals. The German trade union Ver.di has taken Lidl to task for its supposed bad labour practices. The festival includes many other venues as well, among them the Jazz street with many free concerts. Lidl faces allegations about unpaid overtime, low wages and management by threats. The main arena of the festival is located in a small nature park named Kirjurinluoto, near the centre of Pori. Lidl has received critical attention in Germany over their treatment of workers, with trade unionists said to be blacklisted (refusal to employ union members). Musical genres covered at Pori Jazz include varieties of jazz, blues, soul, funk, Afro-Cuban, world music, and occasionally even some forms of pop music.

. Numerous world-famous musicians have performed at the festival through the years, as well as lesser-known groups from Finland and elsewhere. Lidl is the fifth largest supermarket chain in Germany (2004), and has established itself in over 17 countries around the world. The first Pori Jazz festival lasted one weekend and drew about 1500 people; nowadays more than 250,000 people attend the festival that lasts nine days. In the 1970s the first Lidl stores of today's incarnation opened. It is one of the oldest and best known jazz festivals in Europe, having been arranged every year since 1966. It was founded in the 1930s by a member of the Schwarz family, then called Schwarz Lebensmittel-SortimentsgroƟhandlung. Pori Jazz is a large international jazz festival, held annually in the small coastal city of Pori, Finland.

It belongs to the holding group Schwarz, which also owns the store chains Handelshof and Kaufland. The full name of the company is Lidl Stiftung & Co KG. In Germany it is the most important competitor of Aldi. Lidl (either leed-ul as pronounced in recently-launched British TV commercials, or lid-ul) is a European discount supermarket chain of German origin that operates 5,000 stores.

Kwiksave (UK only). Netto (1200 stores). Aldi (7000 stores). Switzerland.

Slovenia. Romania. Lithuania. Latvia.

Estonia. Croatia. Canada. United Kingdom.

Sweden. Spain. Slovakia. Portugal.

Poland. Norway (the first ten stores opened September 23, 2004). The Netherlands. Italy.

Republic of Ireland. Hungary. Greece. Germany.

France. Finland. Denmark. Czech Republic.

Belgium. Austria.

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