Premier opens Kwinana store, becomes first customer
PREMIER Colin Barnett was the first Aldi costumer in Western Australia after buying some flowers at the German supermarket giant’s new Kwinana store, which he helped to open this morning.
People flocked to the stores in Kwinana, Mirrabooka, Joondalup and Belmont be among the first to check out the wares of the newest player in WA shopping, with one customer saying “it’s everything we’d thought it’d be”.
TVs have been the hot item, and most people have said they have experienced Aldi before and were more than happy to queue.
However, some have been caught out by not bringing their own bags with them; Aldi charges 15c per plastic bag.
The first ‘regular’ customers were Antoinette and Nicolaas Jordaan, who said they would be ditching Coles and Woolworths now.
The biggest trolley load so far was $837 worth of shopping.
Big crowds also braved the cold at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre, where the store was opened by Member for Joondalup Jan Norberger and Ocean Reef resident Dobrilla Maas was the first shopper through the doors.
— Carol Adams (@Carol_Adams1) June 8, 2016
About 300 people flocked through the doors of Square Mirrabooka for the opening of its Aldi this morning.
Up to 15 residents waited outside the store before 8am but by 8.30am hundreds of shoppers were lined up in the carpark.
Aldi Mirrabooka’s first customer Mark Flett said he arrived about 7am.
“I normally would shop at Coles, so I am hoping to get what I get at Coles a bit cheaper; it’s new so I’d like to see the shop,” he said.
Ballajura resident Judith Casey, one of the early birds, said she was not lining up just to shop.
“Honestly, I am here to pick up a baby but I just thought I’d do some shopping on the way through.”
Beechboro resident Avalonne Pickering said she expected plenty of bargains, while Morley resident Rachael Bourke, her three children and mother-in-law, said they used to live in Sydney and Aldi was “her store”.
“We were up from 6am but we got here at 8am,” she said.
“We like all their good food, specials, scotch fingers and melting moments.
“My kids are going to school after we shop.”
However, not everyone has been impressed with the hype and response to the opening.
Some people waited for two hours (in the cold) to line up to shop at Aldi (which opened in WA today). Perth, you've disappointed me.
— Julie-anne Sprague (@JASprague) June 8, 2016
— ikel (@ikeljohn) June 8, 2016
Cannot believe people are actually queuing up for the new Aldi supermarket, which is going to be opened by… the premier. WTF Perth. Pls.
— Emily (@Emilitaa23) June 7, 2016
People lining up at the new Aldi to open in Perth. Get in the bin ?
— Jek Porkins (@billydamage) June 7, 2016
Oi, Perth – just chill about Aldi. 4 stores opening today, people lining up for days…
— Cait Bat (@MissBats) June 8, 2016