Arlington, Va.-based Lidl US said that it will invest more than $500 million to open the new stores, earmarked for its current nine-state footprint of Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. The company said the expansion plan will create about 2,000 new jobs overall.

Of Lidl’s planned new locations, the biggest expansion will be in New Jersey and Maryland, which will get 10 new stores apiece. Seven new stores are slated for Virginia, followed by six each for New York and Georgia, five for North Carolina, four for Pennsylvania and one apiece for Delaware and South Carolina.

Lidl also said that, as part of its relocation program, two stores will be closed in Havelock and Shelby, N.C. All associates at those stores will be given the opportunity to relocate to another Lidl store, the company said.

Lidl US currently operates 103 stores. Most recently, the retailer opened locations in East Meadow, N.Y., on July 29 and Patchogue, N.Y., on Aug. 5. Two more stores are slated to soon open in Dunwoody, Ga., and in Alexandria, Va.