Supermarket shopping around for new store locations

ALDI supermarkets are coming.
ALDI supermarkets are coming.

The major European retailer recently announced it would spend $400 million expanding into WA with plans for 70 stores, including Kwinana and Rockingham.

In February, the City of Kwinana approved an application from Aldi, which revealed the retailer’s plans to move into a 1475sq m shop at the Kwinana Marketplace.

But an Aldi Australia spokesman said it was unable to confirm specific locations because ‘our stores are in various stages of planning’.

‘Construction on our WA stores will begin in mid-to-late 2015, with the first stores to open in mid-2016,’ he said.

‘When establishing a new store, Aldi considers the long-term potential of the area and population numbers.’

He believed the supermarkets would provide a boon for local communities.

‘Each of our WA stores will support 15-20 employees, offering rewarding career opportunities for local residents,’ he said.

Other sites planned across Perth include Cannington, Southern River, Mandurah, Halls Head, South Lake, Joondalup, Midland, Mundaring and Ellenbrook.

Aldi, which already operates on the east coast, has appointed Georgiou Group Pty Ltd to build its distribution centre at Jandakot Airport.

Construction of the centre is expected to start next month.