22/07/2014 - 10:05

Mundaring next for expanding ALDI

22/07/2014 - 10:05

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Mundaring next for expanding ALDI
ALDI's supermarket in Conder, ACT.

Discount supermarket chain ALDI is ramping up its $450 million expansion into Western Australia, with plans set to be approved for a store in Mundaring this week, following approvals for Kwinana, Southern River and Cannington outlets earlier this year.

The metropolitan east development assessment panel is set approve the Mundaring ALDI application tomorrow, with the shop to be located at 22 Hartung Street.

The store will have a gross floor area of 1,610 square metres.

The Mundaring plan is the fourth proposal set to go ahead this year, with the metro east DAP approving plans for Southern River and Cannington ALDI stores in April.

The $3.5 million Southern River ALDI will be located at Amherst Village Shopping Centre, near the intersection of Holmes Street and Warton Road, while in Cannington, ALDI will set up a 2,125sqm shop near the intersection of Albany Highway and Cockram Street.

The applications follow a Kwinana ALDI proposal launched in February at the Kwinana Marketplace Shopping Centre.

Because the Kwinana ALDI is set to go ahead at the Kwinana Marketplace, it does not require planning approval, although a signage application was approved by the City of Kwinana in February.

The Germany-based supermarket giant says it is keen to roll out 70 stores in WA over the next few years, following the success of its eastern states network of stores.

ALDI’s first Australian store was opened in 2001 and has since expanded to comprise more than 320 stores across New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT and Queensland.

ALDI plans to establish a network of supermarkets in the Perth metropolitan area and key regional hubs, from Albany in the south, to as far north to Geraldton.

The stores are expected to create more than 1,200 jobs, while the supermarkets will be serviced by a 48,851sqm distribution centre at Jandakot Airport.

The distribution centre will comprise a warehouse with cold storage facilities as well as an administration office.

Around 100 local suppliers met with ALDI representatives in March to discuss the supermarket giant’s unique discount approach to retailing.

ALDI’s business model is focused on limiting operating costs to ensure the lowest possible price for its products.

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