When Lidl US announced their plans to enter the US market in Fall 2015, their lead civil engineering firm Bohler Engineering selected McMillan Pazdan Smith as one of the first regional architects for the facility rollout plan. Entering a highly competitive new geographic market as an international specialty grocer, Lidl’s US launch dictated an aggressive rollout schedule. To support the speed of service the client needed, McMillan Pazdan Smith created a dedicated “Lidl Team” within our firm’s Corporate Studio. This design team worked closely with Bohler and Lidl US on multiple simultaneous project schedules to provide full design services, from site adaptation of Lidl’s prototype design through construction administration.Challenged with a wide variety of municipal and local guidelines across the region, the design team’s ability to navigate the unique requirements of each jurisdiction was invaluable to the success of the rollout. Each project’s successful completion was highly dependent on the team’s extensive knowledge base of grocery retailers’ operations. Likewise, their thorough due diligence work during front end phases was vital to ensuring each project achieved its goals.
To date, McMillan Pazdan Smith has worked on 11 Lidl locations throughout South Carolina and Georgia. The prototypical design is a 36,000 SF facility with a 24,000 SF clear span shopping area. The 12,000 SF back-of-house includes a full array of coolers, freezers, warehousing and employee amenity spaces. The firm’s Lidl team continues to work closely with Lidl US, LLC — with plans to expand their geographic scope of work as the rollout continues. The Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greenville, SC location photographed above was part of Lidl’s initial 10-store North American Grand Opening in June 2017.