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Lidl is coming!

One of the interesting things about visiting foreign countries can be the different type of food available.  Either there are local, previously unknown, delicacies.  Or there may be the same brands, but with different varieties of their products.  Sometimes there are even the same brands under different names (one of the best-known examples being Twix, known previously in Germany as “Raider”).

Of course, this can make shopping in a foreign country, especially in a foreign language, an interesting experience.

Now, I found the idea of a 24-hour supermarket in Puerto del Carmen innovative.  What I am not so thrilled about is reading today that the supermarket chain Lidl are building a store near Arrecife.

Not that I am opposed to Lidl – I shop there myself in Germany.  But I am wondering how much local produce they will be stocking, and how much it will be geared towards the tourists on the island?  Will you need a car to get there?

Let’s hope that it doesn’t have an adverse effect on the smaller supermarkets.

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7 Responses to “Lidl is coming!”

  1. Maria Says:

    Lidl on Lanzarote will have to stock for both kinds of customers – the locals and the tourists. Stores need to diversify to survive those days.

    I think it is a good idea to have a “foreign” shop there as long as the locals benefit from it in regards to employment etc. As for myself – I am thrilled to be able to buy Asian products in our neighborhood, so why not buy some German products, among local ones, on Lanzarote. Even the locals might like to try some new items.

  2. Maria Says:

    Lidl on Lanzarote will have to stock for both kinds of customers – the locals and the tourists. Stores need to diversify to survive those days.

    I think it is a good idea to have a “foreign” shop there as long as the locals benefit from it in regards to employment etc. As for myself – I am thrilled to be able to buy Asian products in our neighborhood, so why not buy some German products, among local ones, on Lanzarote. Even the locals might like to try some new items.

  3. Graham Says:

    Most of the supermarkets do stock a small selection of English and German products (which usually cost more than the local brands), and even daily newspapers from many European countries.

    I don’t yet know if Lidl will be a local operation that caters primarily for the locals but also uses its connections to stock foreign goods more cheaply, or if they really are going after the tourists and ex-pats.

  4. Graham Says:

    Most of the supermarkets do stock a small selection of English and German products (which usually cost more than the local brands), and even daily newspapers from many European countries.

    I don’t yet know if Lidl will be a local operation that caters primarily for the locals but also uses its connections to stock foreign goods more cheaply, or if they really are going after the tourists and ex-pats.

  5. John Says:

    thank god they are opening the tourist and local supermarkets are far too expensive competition is badly needed

  6. John Says:

    thank god they are opening the tourist and local supermarkets are far too expensive competition is badly needed

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