Lidl is a German chain of discount grocery stores that operates in numerous countries across Europe. Lidl (full name Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG) belongs to the holding company Schwarz, owned by billionaire Dieter Schwarz and his family. Lidl's largest market is Germany where it competes with fellow German discounter and arch rival, Aldi.
The supermarket also has a significant presence in France with 1,350 stores, and in the UK with 500 outlets. A further 2,000 discount stores and 'no-frills' supermarkets are based in countries including Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Denmark, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden. Lidl is also planning to enter Serbia, Romania, and Canada in the next few years.
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