Discount supermarket chain ALDI has become a popular choice for frugal shoppers, but so far has only operated in the Eastern states of Australia, where it has over 300 stores. That’s going to change in the (relatively) near future, with ALDI firming up plans for distribution centres in South Australia and Western Australia to service supermarkets in those states.
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Australian Food News reports that the South Australian distribution centre is expected to be completed by late 2015, with the WA centre finished by 2015. Local distribution centres are essential for ALDI’s fresh food lines, since shipping them from the eastern states would take too long.
The supermarkets themselves are due to open in early 2016 in SA and mid-2016 in WA. Planned locations already announced include Blakeview, Gilles Plains, Hallett Cove, Kilburn, Modbury, Noarlunga, Parafield Gardens, Salisbury, Seaford Heights, St Agnes and Woodcroft in SA; and Australind, Camillo, Cannington, Ellenbrook, Halls Head, Joondalup, Kwinana, Midland, Mundaring, Rockingham, South Lake and Southern River. in WA.
ALDI’s philosophy of largely stocking its own store-brand products has made it a divisive choice for some consumers, but its willingness to price match and its weekly specials on non-food goods have attracted it a loyal following. Its foray into telecommunications hasn’t been quite so successful, with a of its data allowance making it a poor choice. Reminder: it also imposes a surcharge if you pay by credit card or use tap and go, so stick to EFTPOS or cash.
ALDI expands into SA and WA [Australian Food News]