Lidl will open a new store in the centre of Antwerp, near the Central Station, with a slightly new concept focused on inner-city environments. The new concept will focus on fresh products, like fruit, vegetables, fruit and freshly-baked bread.
Willem&Drees, a concept that distributes local fruits and vegetables to supermarkets, will be available in the entire Dutch region by the end of the year. Currently, Willem&Drees distributes fruits and vegetables to some 200 supermarkets in 8 provinces, but it will expand soon.
Prik & Tik will merge with Cobeli to form Prik & Tik, with a joint turnover of 130 million euro. Together, they are able to service the market better, with their own chain of stores and a catering presence. By joining forces, the company hopes to get a 40 % market share in 6 years' time, although that means it will have to grow significantly.
The Proxy Delhaize in Ghent can no longer be open 24/7, until Ghent is designated as a tourist centre. The supermarket had unlawfully been open 7 days per week so far, but has now agreed to abide the law on Sunday openings. According to a survey, 83 out of 100 retailers in Ghent do not want Sunday openings.
The Belgian vegetable auction house REO Veiling has launched a new quality label, called Fine Fleur, to differentiate endive and glasshouse lettuce. The label is created to "designate healthy, fresh and authentic products" in these two fields, according to the auction house from Roeselare.
Lidl has found an interesting concept for its old store in the Belgian town of Temse, which has been vacant for three years: it will become a food and non-food outlet store. The Solid Outlet Store has items at extremely low prices, both food and non-food, and will opened for a long term, not just a pop-up outlet store like there were some before at certain occasions.
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