Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lidl Comes to the Canary Islands

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Everyone is very excited about the opening of 12 new grocery stores in the Canary Islands, the German chain Lidl (for those of you unfamiliar with Lidl, it is very similar to Aldi's in the states, which is also a German chain). As a matter of fact, it looks like Aldi's in the way it is laid out--you almost feel like you are in an Aldi store, although the products are not all the same.

Doug and I went tonight without the kids (they spent the night with our German missionary friends). The grand opening crowds have died down, so we were able to take our time and compare products and prices. It will be good for basics, canned goods, bread, staples, and had a very nice produce section. We will still be shopping elsewhere for meats, fresh milk (Lidl only has UHT milk) and items you can't buy at Lidl.

The prices were good, and hopefully with a little more competition it will drive the prices down at the other chains. We spend so much more money on food here in the islands than we did in the states, so every euro counts!


Jamie Parfitt said...

Hooray! We did almost all of our shopping at Lidl when we lived in England. We miss our Strawberry Crisp cereal and the Wheat Squares cereal. The frozen meat was pretty good, actually, though we did go to Asda for that sometimes (a form of Walmart in the UK). Lidl is a good store, and was actually cheaper than the one or two Aldis we found around Basingstoke. So you got the cheaper store! I'm glad for you.

Carolee's Corner Canary Islands said...
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Carolee's Corner Canary Islands said...

Yes it is nice to have some lower prices, and maybe it will help drive down the prices at the other supermarkets! Of course, being on an island, the cost of food is always going to be higher because it costs more to transport things.

Nomad said...

Yay for competition! The store actually looked rather clean- the niceties of newness, huh? :-) Glad to hear you and Mr. Schwaderer got an evening along, too. I know those are few and far between on the field!