WESTERN Australia’s latest entrant into the supermarket game, Aldi, marked a big milestone today.
The German giant opened its 45,000sq m distribution centre in Jandakot.
The $60 million hub is now receiving stock, with the chain to open its first WA stores in Mirrabooka Square, Belmont Forum, Lakeside Joondalup and Kwinana on June 8.
Aldi managing director Damien Scheidel was excited to have the facility up and running.
“This is just the beginning of our long-term investment into Western Australia, bringing increased employment, support for local businesses and an exciting new grocery offering for local shoppers,” he said.
The company will stock 1350 products, with 90 per cent of those being Aldi-labelled.
About 400 jobs have been created at the distribution centre, which will service up to 70 stores across WA in the coming years.
An extra 800 jobs should be created once all stores are up and running.
Jandakot MLA Joe Francis said the company would be massive for WA consumers.
“Everywhere Aldi has opened up, you’ve seen significant price pressure productions against the big players,” he said.
“West Australians will see the big players will have to reduce their prices because of the competition and the efficiencies generated by the Aldi distribution system.”