The much-anticipated Lidl food market opened in Harlem this morning with a long line of people wrapped around the block, hoping to be the first to get inside.
The new store, located at 2187 Frederick Douglass Boulevard near 118th Street, replaces the Best Market that closed in early 2021 and left a large swath of Harlem without a grocery store.
Known for its discounted groceries, the German-owned Lidl offers both familiar brands as well as products from its cheaper private-label line.
Like the Best Market before it, the new Lidl in Harlem is spread across two floors connected by an escalator and elevator.
The ground floor includes the bakery and cheese section, plus aisles stacked with sodas, snacks, packaged breads and more. Prepared foods line the area near the registers.
The roomier lower floor features produce, meat, seafood, beer, health and beauty, canned and jarred goods, plus a section devoted to kitchenware.
This is Lidl's first location not just in Harlem, but all of Manhattan. The chain has one other store in New York City, located in Queens.
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