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The European discount grocer Lidl will open an Annapolis location on Feb. 3, the company announced.

A ribbon-cutting for the store located at 2375 Solomons Island Road will begin at 7:40 a.m., and doors will officially open at 8 a.m. The store will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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The first 100 customers will receive gift cards ranging from $5 to $100 each, the company said on its website. Folks can also enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card. A local DJ will play music during the grand opening.

The chain markets itself with affordable products in easy-to-shop stores the comprise just six aisles and a curated selection of mostly private label products. Lidl says most of its products come from the United States, but it also sells European specialty items such as hard-to-find cheeses, specialty sauces and cured meats.

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The grocery chain began opening U.S. stores in 2017 and now operates more than 100 stores. It announced plans in August to double its footprint in Maryland with a 10-store expansion, including Annapolis, Brooklyn Park, and Glen Burnie. The move is part of a $500 million, 50-store expansion along the East Coast.

The Solomons Island Road location was previously occupied by Shoppers before it closed about a year ago and was acquired by Lidl. Lidl opened a store on Annapolis Road in Bowie. Other stores in College Park and Aberdeen have followed.

Eye on Annapolis first reported the opening date.

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