With its first stores likely to open in 2018, German-based discounter Lidl will make Arlington County, Va., its corporate headquarters and plans to open a regional headquarters and distribution center in Spotsylvania County, Va.
 
The move signals Lidl"s first steps toward expansion in the U.S., according to a news release.
 
"We are excited to take this important step to launch Lidl"s expansion into the United States and look forward to introducing American consumers to a different type of shopping experience," said Brendan Proctor, president and CEO for Lidl U.S., in the release.
 
Proctor said the company"s philosophy is "focused on offering customers top-quality products at the most competitive pricing in convenient locations."
 
Lidl has 10,000 stores in 26 European countries.
 
"We plan to build on the foundation that has made Lidl so successful in Europe, while creating a unique experience for American consumers that will be unlike anything else in the market," Proctor said in the release.
 
The release did not say when the chain will open its doors to consumers, but company officials previously said 2018 is the target year for the first Lidl stores in the U.S.
 
Rival Germany-based discount retailer Aldi has a big head start in the U.S., opening its first store in Iowa in 1976, with about 1,400 stores in the U.S. and now expanding into Southern California.
 
 
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