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-Sortimentsgroßhandlung. 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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Slovenia. The band also confirmed their desire to tour Europe later in the year. Romania. After the 2005 contest Glam caused mild controversy due to his actions in interviews after the contest, in particular with the United Kingdom's BBC broadcasts, where he seemingly had to be separated from Javine during an interview in their after-show. Lithuania. Band leader Glam also took part in the Norwegian preselection on his own in 1998 and claimed third place under his former artist name G'sten, singing the song "Always Will". Latvia. With the song "Crazy Things" they could not beat singer Knut Anders Sørum ("High"), who subsequently slumped to last place in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004.

Estonia. Wig Wam first took part in the Eurovision in 2004, finishing 3rd in the Norwegian final. Croatia. The band's slogan says: "Rock'n'Roll is the new schläger". Canada. Also in Iceland and Sweden it enjoyed moderate to huge commercial success. United Kingdom. The song immediately became a huge hit in Norway, being among the most bought singles for 19 weeks and peaking for three weeks at the top of the national single chart [1], an achievement neither of Norway's two Eurovision winners managed.

Sweden. With the song "In My Dreams", written by guitarist Teeny, they brought Norway to a ninth place in Kiev. Spain. In the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 Wig Wam represented Norway after winning the Norwegian pre-selection Melodi Grand Prix. Slovakia. . Portugal. Wig Wam is a Norwegian rock band, which is dedicated to the Glam rock, Glam metal and imitates the style of typical American rock bands from the 1970s.

Poland. Bless the Night/Dschengis Khan (live)/Bless The Night video (Voices of Wonder/VME, August 2005) #11 Norway. Norway (the first ten stores opened September 23, 2004). In My Dreams/Out of Time (Voices of Wonder/VME, March 2005) #1 Norway, #1 Iceland (?), #26 Sweden. The Netherlands. Hard To Be A Rock'n'Roller/The Drop (Voices of Wonder/VME, October 2004). Italy. I Turn To You/Crazy Things (Global Music, June 2004).

Republic of Ireland. Crazy Things* (SmashMusic/Global Music, March 2004). Hungary. in Kiev! (2005). Greece. Hard To Be A Rock'n'Roller. Germany. Hard To Be A Rock'n'Roller (2005) #10 Norway.

France. The Neighbour Of The Beast (2004). Finland. 667 .. Denmark. Sporty (Øystein Andersen) — drums. Czech Republic. Flash (Bernt Jansen) — bass.

Belgium. Teeny (Trond Holter) — guitars. Austria. Glam (Åge Sten Nilsen) — vocals.

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