Now the company has news to announce again. In the coming months, the first two small branches of Lidl in Munich are scheduled to open: in the Zweibrückenstraße in the former McDonald’s on 25 February and at the end of April at Leopoldstraße 21.
Much is not yet known about the two new Mini-Lidl. The company promises a revised, adapted to downtown locations concept that actually represents a departure from the former location policy of the discounter. So far, the in-house criteria for a total property area of 3000 square meters before, on average, a Lidl market has about 860 square meters of sales area. In recent years, there has been a trend towards ever larger branches. The newly planned market on Tübinger Straße south of Heimeranplatz will even have a sales area of 1700 square meters.
There are two packaging-free shops in the city, a third soon opens in Haidhausen. Even in health food stores or markets, customers can at least get by with less plastic.
Supermarket chains such as Rewe have been relying on the concept of smaller city branches for some time, or on cooperation with Aral petrol stations, such as Kapuzinerstraße, with “Rewe to Go”. In July 2017, Edeka Südbayern also started with a new distribution channel for small areas under 600 square meters. At that time, the supermarket chain had just taken over 170 Tengelmann locations in the southern Bavarian region, 50 of them were converted into “Edeka Xpress” branches within a few months.
There are now 53 such mini-markets, two of which were opened last year in Perlach and Neuperlach. The sales area is less than 600 square meters in each case, the focus of the offer, according to a company spokesman on articles of daily needs. In the medium term.