Lidl is proud of our humble beginnings. In 1973, the first modern Lidl store opened in Ludwigshafen (25 miles south of Frankfurt). Employing 3 people and offering about 500 products, this small store was to become the foundation of Lidl's far-reaching expansion. During the 1990s we started branching outside of Germany and within a few years, we expanded all across Europe. Today, we operate over 10,000 stores in 32 countries. We have a history of cultivating relationships with local suppliers in each region to offer our customers high quality products at low prices.* The company description for this page is added by the organisation and is not written by Top Employers Institute.