Not related to bargain goodies as such, but is anyone noticing empty shelves in Lidl a lot in the last few months ?
For quite a while our local Lidl seems to have been running at well under half normal stock - with the bakery often closed and empty, the bread shelves more or less empty bar a few loafs that nobody likes with an expiry date only 1 or 2 days away and whole sections of freezer empty, all observed over multiple visits spanning a few weeks.
It seems to have improved a bit recently but we were on the verge of giving up on Lidl entirely because the shelves were so frequently half empty and absent of the essentials that we needed like bread, causing us to make an additional trip to Asda for what we couldn't get from Lidl.
Is Lidl in financial trouble ? I heard some gossip between checkout staff speculating on why the shelves were so empty - so apparently even they didn't know! All they knew was that "stock keep had been reduced for the time being" and they "weren't allowed to order in new stock".... ? "Reduced" is amusing, if you consider basically no bread in the entire store to be reducing stock..
Naturally the number of customers in the store was considerably less during this period - when there was nothing to buy!
When the stock started to come back in shoppers were flocking to the store again.
I also noticed a nearby Aldi that we pass every day on the way to work and back home has been closed for a few weeks - at least to shoppers. There is activity going on inside with partitions up but it's hard to tell if it is renovations or whether it is being cleared out before closing for good! It's not one we normally go to so I haven't gone up to the door to see if there is a sign advising of what's happening.