TSWDB Outstanding Employer : Lidl

Lidl District Manager Cody Thompson (left) receives his award from Chatham County TSWDB Member Blake Arnett.

In 1973, the first modern Lidl store opened in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Employing 3 people and offering about 500 products, this small store became the foundation of Lidl’s far-reaching expansion. During the 1990s, Lidl expanded beyond Germany and began opening up locations all across Europe. Today, Lidl operates over 10,000 stores in 27 countries.

Lidl opened its Sanford location during the summer of 2017. Prior to their opening, Lidl partnered with the NCWorks Career Center of Lee County and the NCWorks Career Center of Chatham County to host almost a dozen hiring events to fill their positions.

Lidl was able to review over 900 candidates from the Sanford area, most of which were attendees of the hiring events held by the Career Centers. They conducted over 455 interviews, extended job offers to 122 individuals, and hired a total of 90 people.

The Store Associates are paid $12 an hour with benefits and are given the opportunity for advancement. Several of the candidates hired were Dislocated Workers, Veterans, and Youth.

Lidl has a history of cultivating relationships with local suppliers in each region to offer customers high quality products at low prices. They’ve recently expanded to the United States and are striving to be a time-saving, life-enhancing grocery store where customers love to shop.

On behalf of the Triangle South Workforce Development Board, and the NCWorks Career Center of Lee County, it was our pleasure to present Lidl Grocery Store of Sanford with the Outstanding Employer Award at the 6th Annual TSWDB Awards Banquet on December 6th, 2017. District Manager Cody Thompson, Sales Director Jeroen Trommelen, and Director of Communications Will Harwood were all in attendance to accept their award and celebrate with the local area.



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