Aldi stores and Lidl stores share a lot of similarities, and that can make you wonder, Does Aldi own Lidl? Or perhaps it is the other way around?
They both have short, 4-letter names. They base their businesses around low prices, limited selection, private label goods, and an ever-changing array of home, gift and personal care items in a “middle aisle.”
But the answer to the question “Does Aldi own Lidl?” is no.
The only thing Aldi stores and Lidl stores have in common is that the two separate grocery chains were both founded in Germany.
Aldi is a much older business than Lidl. Aldi was founded i 1913, Lidl was founded 60 years later. But over the past few decades, Lidl has become a major competitor to Aldi in much of Europe and the U.K.
It was only natural for Lidl to then set its sights on the United States. Lidl opened its first store in the United States in 2017, and now there are about 100 U.S. Lidl stores.
So while they share many similarities, Aldi does not own Lidl, and Lidl does not own Aldi. In fact, the companies are not related in any way on paper. They are only united by German culture that informs the shopping experience in their stores.