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Advantages: Really good value formoney
Disadvantages: Long checkout queues
Lidl is a large chain of discount supermarkets stores originating from Germany. Lidl has been in the UK now for many years and more and more stores have been opening over the last few years.
Lidl sell a wide variety of products including drinks, alcohol, fresh produce, dried and tinned produce, household goods, frozen foods and much more.
Lidl stores are very basic and have a lot of their products displayed in their cartons/outer packaging; this is aimed at keeping costs low. The checkouts are different to most major supermarkets, as you cannot pack your bags there. Your items are scanned through very quickly and you are expected to put them in your trolley and pack them at the side of the store after you have paid. I actually find this less stressful than trying to keep up with the checkout operator. Plastic bags are not automatically issued and are available at a cost, between 2p and 12p.
A lot of the product sold in Lid; are foreign products that I am not familiar with so sometimes it is a matter of trial and error. I have found some things to be far better quality than the British alternative so trial and error can be worth it.
Lidl supermarkets employ a limited number of staff per store (again aimed at keeping costs down) therefore checkouts can be longer than you would expect. It is good news however if you are looking for employment, Lidl pat their staff very well. Approx. £8 per hour for general retail staff and approx £45k pa for store managers. I have been advised however that their application and sifting process is very tough.
My favourite part of Lidl is the fruit and veg. I find the fruit and vegetables to be considerably cheaper than any other supermarkets. You can pick up a broccoli for 30p, box of strawberries for 99p and baby corns for just 39p. I do sometimes find that the fruit is just ready to eat so does not always keep well. It is great if you are looking for a ripe melon but not if you want a bunch of bananas to last the week.
In addition to the above Lidl also have weekly offers on lots of non food goods such as patio furniture, childrens clothing and household items. A magazine is issued at the store weekly giving details of the following weeks products along with the following weeks food offers. I once purchased a really good quality (and I mean really good quality) travel cost for just £14.99
A good budget supermarket
Summary: Really good budget store