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Bringing Groceries to Neighborhoods
The census is important. Census data is used to help decide where grocery stores are needed.
German supermarket chain Lidl opened its first store in Charlotte in December 2019, and in February 2020, they will open another store in Matthews. Lidl is following in the footsteps of another discount supermarket chain, Aldi.
Nine of the 22 total stores that Lidl and Aldi have in the region are located in “food deserts,” areas with low access to full-service grocery stores.
These food deserts are identified using USDA data linked to census information. Locating stores in these areas improves the quality of life for residents who now have access to healthier, more affordable food options.