Supermarket giant Aldi has confirmed its first Western Australian shops will open on June 8, at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, Mirrabooka Square Shopping Centre, Kwinana Marketplace and Belmont Forum Shopping Centre.
The stores are the first of 20 expected to open in 2016, with Aldi’s WA expansion totalling 70 new shops in the next few years.
Aldi has hired 387 staff to work at the first WA stores, including 45 store managers.
Further rounds of recruitment for store, warehouse and logistics positions will occur later this year.
Aldi Western Australia managing director Damien Scheidel said getting closer to opening in WA was an exciting time for the business, as well as the state’s consumers.
“We know there is a strong appetite among local residents for an alternative shopping experience and we are eager to show them the difference Aldi can make to both their wallets and their lifestyles,” Mr Scheidel said.
Mr Scheidel said Aldi sold more than $80 million worth of products from WA suppliers in 2015, with the WA expansion to result in increased volumes for local producers.
Construction is under way on 14 Aldi stores in WA, at Mundaring, Butler, Kwinana, Rockingham, Southern River, Mandurah, Joondalup, Wattle Grove, Halls Head, Australind, Mirrabooka, Belmont, South Lake and Camillo.
Other confirmed locations of interest for Aldi include Nedlands, Lakelands, Mandurah, Cannington, Haynes, Midland, Ellenbrook, Busselton, Maddington, Secret Harbour and Waikiki.