Lidl to open three stores in Malta, planning another three
Germany supermarket chain Lidl will open three small supermarkets in Malta on April 24 after an investment of €13.98 million.
The supermarkets will be at Luqa, Sta Venera and San Gwann. Another, at Safi, will open after the summer, and applications have been submitted for other supermarkets in Zabbar and Zebbug.
The Maltese supermarkets fall under the aegis of Lidl Italia, whose chief financial officer, Boselli Luca, explained that their basic concept was simplicity, efficiency and low prices.
Questioned about the controversy regarding the building permit for the planned supermarket at Safi, he stressed that Lidl was not the building contractor but the retail operator, and was not involved in the development permit process.
Lidl Malta, which has no Maltese shareholders, has already employed some 50 Maltese people.
Sig Boselli said the supermarkets will be importing Lidl branded products and had carefully studied Maltese purchasing trends and eating habits.
The Lidl Malta manager is David Gatt.