ALDI opens 25th store in South Australia
ALDI Australia has opened its 25th store in South Australia, ALDI Victor Harbor, last Wednesday. It comes less than two years after the discount grocer first opened its doors in South Australia, bringing with it a competitive grocery option for local shoppers, increased employment opportunities and expanded relationships with local suppliers.
“We’re delighted to reach this important milestone. Our growth in South Australia demonstrates that the local community has embraced the ALDI shopping experience, which offers high-quality products at permanently low prices. We look forward to continuing our expansion in 2018, opening more stores to allow even more shoppers the opportunity to discover the difference ALDI can make to their wallets and their lifestyles,” said Viktor Jakupec, managing director of South Australia.
The discount grocer employs more than 400 people in its South Australian corporate office, Regency Park Distribution Centre and store network. It partners with 32 local suppliers to bring the ALDI difference to local shoppers, including businesses like San Remo, Bickfords, Beerenberg and Spring Gully.
Since opening on 3 February 2016, ALDI has served approximately ten million South Australian shoppers, with 30.7 per cent of local households having visited an ALDI store. With a strong presence in metropolitan areas, in 2018 the grocery will be focused on expanding into regional areas with store openings planned for Port Pirie, Murray Bridge and Kadina. More locations will be confirmed in 2018.
In 2017, ALDI has opened stores in Aldinga, Nuriootpa, Kensington Park, Hawthorn and Adelaide Airport, with Ingle Farm also opened yesterday. These are in addition to the 18 stores ALDI opened in 2016, including Parafield Gardens, Hallett Cove, Seaford Heights, Woodcroft, Mount Barker, St Agnes, Modbury, Noarlunga, Kilburn, Berri, Blakeview, Marion, Smithfield, West Lakes, Gilles Plains, Evanston, Golden Grove and Morphett Vale.
ALDI’s long-term expansion will see in up to 50 stores developed across the state, providing South Australians with increased grocery options and employment opportunities, with up to 900 new permanent jobs to be created state-wide.