REAL ESTATE

Lidl sued over disclosure of Aldi’s expansion plans

BY CSA Staff

Two German supermarket chains are engaged in a legal battle over expansion plans in the U.S., according to a report in Chain Store Age’s sister publication Store Brands.

Essen-based Aldi has filed a lawsuit against Neckarsulm-based Lidl and its director of real estate for the North Carolina region, claiming that they revealed top secret Aldi expansion plans. The executive in question, Bruna Marracini, held a similar position at Aldi before joining Lidl.

The lawsuit alleges that Marracini, with the help of former Aldi assistant Colleen Savory, violated the confidentiality clause of her severance package agreement with Aldi. The plaintiff claims that the two supplied Lidl with Aldi expansion plans including the locations, formats, and construction plans of future stores.

Lidl opened its first United States locations in North Carolina in 2017 and now operates more than 60 stores along the Eastern seaboard.

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