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Lidl readies for summer opening in McLean, with more stores coming

Lidl is coming to McLean, with Big Buns and Matchbox Pizza in tow (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on McLean’s upcoming Lidl.

The grocery store is on track to open this summer, the company says, putting the project slightly behind previous projections of a spring opening.

“Opening a beautiful, brand new store has many components,” a Lidl spokesperson told FFXnow. “…The D.C. area is our home and we can’t wait to introduce customers to the high quality experience we offer.”

Located at 1330 Chain Bridge Road, the McLean Lidl will be smaller than the Safeway that it’s replacing, which closed in April 2021. The additional space has been subdivided to make room for three other tenants.

Two of the spaces have been leased by Big Buns Damn Good Burgers and Matchbox Pizza, which were expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2022 — between April 1 and June 30. Thompson Hospitality, the group that owns both restaurants, didn’t return FFXnow’s inquiry by press time on whether that timeline is still likely.

Fairfax County issued commercial interior alteration permits for Matchbox and Big Buns on March 30.

The third space — a 2,357-square-foot suite that could be expanded by another 2,112 square feet — remains available for lease, according to a brochure from real estate broker H&R Retail.

Originally started in Germany in 1973, Lidl now operates over 11,200 stores around the world, according to its website. That includes four stores in Fairfax County, with the most recent one opening in Merrifield last summer.

While the McLean location appears to be the next one up, construction began in December on a 30,000-square-foot store in Lorton (9001 White Spruce Way). When contacted by FFXnow, Lidl indicated that it has not set a timeline for opening yet.

Lidl also has plans for a store in Chantilly, specifically at the Chantilly Crossing Shopping Center, according to county permits issued for a wall sign on Dec. 8. Marketing materials suggest the store will take over a currently vacant lot adjacent to Lee Road.