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First blood to Woolies in ALDI liquor stoush

ALDI loses battle to the death for right to open grog shop in Perth's outer suburbs.

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: Australian retail giant Woolworths has creamed German retail superpower ALDI in a toe-to-toe battle to the death for the right to erect a bottle shop in Perth’s eastern suburbs.

In a decision published online today, delegate of the state director of liquor licensing, Peter Minchin, granted Woolworths the right to build a grog shop at the new Harrisdale shops, and kicked ALDI’s competing application to the kerb.

In the green corner was Woolworths, which plans to build a standalone 188sqm grog shop offering 1623 types of alcohol.

In the orange corner was ALDI, which wanted to establish a small browsing area of about 24sqm in its new Harrisdale supermarket and will provide about 95 liquor products.

The ALDI grog shop would have been similar to Western Australia’s first in-supermarket grog shop approved for ALDI last week.

oneperth.com.au brought the city first news of that grog shop, but as is standard practice with Perth’s dying band of dinosaur news outlets, a slow-grazing business reporter at Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times who we beat to the punch by more than a week claimed her follow up as an ‘EXCLUSIVE‘.

Nobody objected to the Woolies grog shop, but a lobby group called the McCusker Cenre for Action on Alcohol and Youth objected to the ALDI bottle-o.

For hus part, Mr Minchin concluded “it is neither necessary or desirable for two packaged liquor outlets to operate at the shopping centre in order to cater to residents of the locality and their requirements for access to packaged liquor”.

He decided Woolworths would provide more benefit to Harrisdale consumers because its grog shop was bigger, provided more types of alcohol, would have better customer service, and was separate to its supermarket.

Consequently, Mr Minchin approved the Woolworths application, and refused the ALDI application.

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