Last year, German discount grocery chain Lidl announced that they would be expanding up and down the East Coast, including New Jersey, to the tune of a $500 million dollar investment and that expansion continues.

It was announced this month that a Lidl will be replacing Bob’s at the Freehold Raceway Mall. According to the Asbury Park Press, Lidl has submitted a preliminary site plan for a 37,000-square-foot store on Trotter’s Way at the entrance to the mall.

The Bob’s store is scheduled to move at the end of July, but the Lidl renovation is still in the planning phase.

Lidl currently has 23 stores in New Jersey, and over 11,000 worldwide, making it one of the largest grocery store chains on the planet. They recently opened a new store in Cinnaminson, with another approved for Edison.

Lidl was in the news earlier this month when they announced that they would be cutting prices on some items up to 36% in response to the recent rise in grocery prices.

"We are committed to providing our customers the best value at our stores every day," Lidl spokesperson Chandler Spivey tells Eat This, Not That!. "We know that in a time when everyone is struggling with higher costs due to inflation, the value that Lidl offers is more important than ever."

Lidl bills itself as having “Suspiciously low prices- better food, better prices.”

In New Jersey, the biggest grocery stores are Stop and Shop, Acme, and Shop Rite, but they are facing more competition not only from Lidl, but Aldi, Whole Foods, and Amazon Fresh, all of which have been expanding in New Jersey.

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Changes in NJ county populations since 2020

Census Bureau estimates of the change in county populations since the 2020 Census on April 1, 2020 also provide a glimpse into COVID-era trends, as that's roughly the same time the pandemic began. The list below sorts New Jersey's 21 counties by their total change between the Census and the July 1, 2021 estimate.

New Jersey high school graduation rates

The lists below show 4-year graduation rates for New Jersey public schools for the 2020-21 school year. The statewide graduation rate fell slightly, from 91% in 2019-20 to 90.6%.

The lists, which are sorted by county and include a separate list for charter schools, also include a second graduation rate, which excludes students whose special education IEPs allow them to qualify for diplomas despite not meeting typical coursework and attendance requirements.

Columns with an asterisk or 'N' indicate there was no data or it was suppressed to protect student privacy.

Average SAT scores for all NJ high schools, 2020-21

Average SAT scores for the 2020-2021 school year are listed by county, from highest to lowest. Data includes the combined score, as well as the average scores on the math and reading/writing sections.

Participation rates show the share of 12th graders in the Class of 2021 who took the SAT in 2020-21 or in prior years.

High schools aren't listed if there is no data or the number of students participating was low enough that average scores were not publicly reported to protect student privacy.