Lidl, a discount grocery chain, is opening a 35,000-square-foot space in the lower level of Queens Place Mall in Elmhurst. The new store is estimated to open in 2024, making it the first grocery store at the mall.
Ehud Kupperman, director for Madison International Realty, said that they are very excited to welcome Lidl, which will bring convenient and affordable fresh food to the neighborhood.
“This latest addition to the mall continues our approach of bringing retailers that serve daily needs to our shopping centers and expanding our mix of retail offerings,” Kupperman said. “We view the Lidl store as an integral addition to the services we offer to the neighborhood and to the families who shop at Queens Place.”
The new store will bring plenty of jobs to the area, offering leading wages, and benefits packages for full-time and part-time employees regardless of hours worked per week.
There is only one other location in the borough at 19-30 37th St. in Astoria.
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. said the Astoria location has been a big hit, and he’s looking forward to the same success when the new store opens in Elmhurst.
“Lidl is well-known for its good-paying jobs, affordable prices and its diverse, healthy and high-quality food offerings, so we are very excited that the company will be opening a second store here in Queens,” Richards said.
The new store will replace DSW, whose lease ends in August.
Tom Grech, president and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, said that he is pleased to have a second location of the globally recognized company in the borough.
“This supermarket will seek to create quality job opportunities and provide an affordable place to buy groceries for residents of Elmhurst and the surrounding neighborhoods,” Grech said. “We look forward to celebrating the opening in 2024 and shopping at the Queens Place Mall Lidl for years to come.”