Aldi ramps up its expansion in WA as Aldi’s confidence grows
Aldi plans to open up to 70 stores in WA and has already confirmed stores for Cannington, Southern River, Halls Head, Kwinana, Rockingham, Australind, South Lake, Joondalup, Camillo, Midland, Mundaring and Ellenbrook.
Aldi started construction on its Western Australian Distribution Centre at Jandakot Airport in November 2014 and it is expected to be completed by Easter 2016.
Manager and Assistant Store Manager positions have already been filled. These Managers were selected from over 3,000 applicants.
In January 2015, Aldi said that it had projected 20 stores for South Australia and 20 stores for Western Australia.
At the time, Aldi also said Australia’s Eastern seaboard should also expect new stores with 25 more set to open by the end of 2016.
At the beginning of September 2015 an Aldi spokesperson told Australian Food News that the chain was then planning up to 125 new stores across Australia.
“While we are eager to bring the Aldi difference to more shoppers across the country, store openings will be dependent on site acquisitions, planning approvals and construction timelines,” the spokesperson said at that time.
According to IBISWorld’s July 2015 Supermarkets and Grocery Stores in Australia report, Aldi has a market share of 8.2 per cent of Australia’s grocery sector. This compared with Metcash’s (IGA and SupaIGA) 8.5 per cent, Woolworth’s (including Thomas Dux) 41.9 per cent and Wesfarmers (Coles and BiLo) 31.7 per cent.The July 2015 IBISWorld report also estimated that by the end of December 2015 Aldi will have had an AUD $6.9 billion total revenue for the calendar year.