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Aldi ramps up expansion

aldi-1German discount supermarket chain, Aldi, is understood to be ramping up its expansion plans in South Australia and Western Australia, with up t0 20 stores in each state to be open by next year.

According to The Australian, Aldi will open its first stores 20 stores in SA early next year, while its initial 20 stores planned for WA are now expected to open between June and December 2016.

Aldi, which reportedly holds around 10 per cent share of the food and grocery market on the east coast, plans to roll out around 150 stores over the next five years in Australia, particularly in these two states.

Aldi confirmed in October 2014 it would invest $700 million to build two distribution centres in WA and SA, and in April commenced construction of its 32,000sqm distribution centre at Adelaide’s Regency Park.

Earlier this month, Aldi announced it had begun recruiting 400 staff in South Australia. Applications opened for store managers and assistant managers, with applications for other positions to open in September.

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