EXCLUSIVE: German retail behemoth ALDI, already revealed by oneperth.com.au to be muscling in on Mundaring, Kwinana, Cannington and Southern River, plans to build its most inner-suburban supermarket yet beside the Innaloo Megaplex cinema complex in Woodlands less than 10 kilometres from the Perth CBD.
The first picture of the planned 1580sqm Innaloo ALDI can be promulgated here thanks to a development application now before a state assessment panel.
If approved by a meeting of the panel on September 3, as recommended by the City of Stirling, the ALDI Innaloo will rise near the Megaplex and be part of a wider $50 million overhaul of the cinema complex.
Last year, ALDI said it planned to expand its east coast presence to Western Australia and South Australia.
ALDI later announced it had signed a conditional contract for a 13.5 hectare distribution centre at Jandakot, would press ahead with plans to build 70 stores across WA, and had begun recruiting local staff.
Subsequent planning documents lodged on behalf of ALDI now put the slated number of WA stores at between 70 and 80.
Australia’s first ALDI supermarket opened in 2001. The company now has 270 supermarkets nationally in a worldwide network of 8000.
ALDI does not stock many high profile brands but, in cities into which it has moved, existing supermarket chains have been forced to slash prices to compete.