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Reuters reports that Lidl, the Germany-based discounter with plans to invade the US to compete with fellow German discounter Aldi as well with traditional supermarkets, has started hiring store managers.

The story says that Lidl "has started a recruitment drive in the United States anticipating a launch there in 2017 or 2018. Lidl held a hiring event for store managers in North Carolina on Monday and is inviting potential store supervisors to another event in Fairfax, Virginia on Wednesday."

According to Reuters, "Lidl, which runs more than 10,000 stores in 27 countries in Europe, is expected to open its first 120-150 stores on the East Coast as early as the end of 2017."

"We have landed in America and we are searching for talented, friendly and dynamic people to grow with us," Lidl said on its careers website.
KC's View:
One interesting thing about the recruitment process is that Lidl makes it mandatory that the people it hires hold a passport, so they can "travel to Europe as part of a six-month training program." Which tells us something about the investment they're going to make in these managers, and the discipline they want to bring to US operations.