AT 7.30am only a few cars were parked outside Halls Head Central on Aldi’s opening day and it was easy to agree with a passing centre worker who commented “the madness is over.”
Some customers at Perth Aldi openings had queued all night to beat the rush and at Kwinana there was a queue at 6am.
But at Halls Head, this morning the only visible presence was about 15 people standing in the cold and a utility towing a big Coles hoarding bearing the words ‘Even Better’.
Once the new store opened at 8.30am, the queue had built to upwards of 50 people, enticed by free chocolate, coffee and bottled water.
The crowd increased steadily throughout the morning.
Trolleys were also free.
Carol Stovold was first in the queue outside the centre at 7.30am.
A second Mandurah Aldi store on Anstruther Road is expected to open next month.