Western Australia and South Australia’s cries for ALDI have been heard

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 12th February 2013

After many years of Australian customers requesting further ALDI expansion, the discount grocery chain has made the decision to build stores in both Western Australia and South Australia.

A previous Australian Food News story about ALDI expansion in Queensland led to immediate calls and enquiries from readers about their desire to see ALDI open stores beyond the Australian Eastern seaboard.

Since 2001, ALDI Australia has been expanding across the Eastern seaboard of Australia and Group Managing Director, Tom Daunt, has confirmed the company’s promise to continue to grow the business in the western part of Australia.

Mr Daunt told Australian Food News he was “delighted” to be extending the ALDI brand to the new markets of Western Australia and South Australia.

“The benefits associated with ALDI’s decision to enter South Australia and West Australia will be substantial, with hundreds of millions in capital investment, over 2,000 new permanent jobs and a final rollout of up to an additional 90 to 110 stores opening across both states,” Mr Daunt said.

ALDI has been present in Australia for the last two years, with established stores in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

ALDI anticipates it will take a number of years to secure a warehouse site and sufficient store locations before commencing operations in Western Australia and South Australia. However, Mr Daunt said that ALDI is looking forward to working closely with the State and local government on the proposed rollout of its network.

“In the end, our success comes down to the loyalty of our customers and the dedication of our employees, and we look forward to building a loyal customer base in South and Western Australia,” Mr Daunt said.

“The ACCC’s grocery inquiry confirmed ALDI Australia’s presence has had a significant downward effect on grocery prices, delivering savings to all consumers when there is an ALDI store in their neighbourhood. We look forward to continuing on our journey to provide the best possible value to our customers every day,” Mr Daunt added.

ALDI has announced plans to expand to WA and SA.