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

First blood to Woolies in ALDI liquor stoush

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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First Perth grog shop approved for German supermarket giant.

ALDI trumps Euro booze myth busters

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: ALDI has received approval to open its first grog shop, at Butler in Perth’s north, despite claims from a prominent health lobby group that a supposedly superior European drinking culture where exposure to alcohol at a younger age conditions people to handle it better is an urban myth.

On Thursday, the grog shop was approved by Peter Minchin, a delegate of the state liquor licensing director.

This was despite the usual interventions by Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan, the state health department and the McCusker Cenre for Action on Alcohol and Youth.

ALDI’s new liquor licence allows the retailer to have a small display area of about 30sqm within the planned supermarket.

Wines, beers, spirits, ciders and liqueurs, which will include ALDI branded products, are permitted for sale.

Also permitted are the sale of 60 different wines, 16 types of beer, 15 separate spirits and four kinds of cider.

Before Mr Minchin, the McCusker centre unsuccessfully argued the grog shop would not be in the public interest.

Generally speaking, and not with regard to ALDI in particular, the centre explained there is a commonly held, but flawed, belief that there would be benefits in moving to a “more European” approach, in which alcohol is widely available and children are introduced to alcohol at a young age which helps them learn to drink responsibly.

But, in evidence Mr Minchin acknowledged was “uncontroverted”, the centre claimed this was a myth not consistent with the available evidence.

The centre cited research showing that young people who repeatedly drank at home with their parents were more likely to report risky drinking in later adolescence than those who did not drink alcohol.

It was submitted that making more alcohol available would likely increase, rather than decrease, alcohol-related harm in Western Australia.

“It is important to also note that European countries including France, Italy and Spain experience higher rates of alcohol-related chronic diseases and road crashes than Australia,” the centre argued.

“There is also increasing concern in France for example, about binge drinking by young people.”

Mr Minchin noted that while ALDI claimed its shop would make an enormous contribution to Butler in terms of retail and infrastructure, given the small size of the grog shop and the limited range of product, the benefits to the community from the grant of the licence would not be significant.

“Whilst I acknowledge the legitimate concerns of the objector and interveners, particularly in respect of the integration of liquor within a supermarket environment, in the circumstances of this case, I am of the view that the grant of the application is in the public interest,” he concluded.

Construction is well underway on the Butler ALDI, which is rising on Butler Boulevard, and will cover about 1500sqm, with two thirds of that retail space.

oneperth.com.au drive through central Rockingham last weekend confirmed that planned outlet was already at lockup stage.

Butler already has three other supermarkets – IGA, Coles and Farmer Jacks – with a Woolworths shopping centre also proposed for Butler Boulevard.

After this story was published, ALDI got in touch to say, that with other liquor licence applications pending assessment, it had not yet decided whether ALDI Liquor would be introduced to Western Australia.

The ALDI statement said that its shops that sell liquor in eastern Australia do not carry any chilled alcohol products for immediate consumption.

This story was updated on April 26 and April 27 to clarify that the Butler shop would not be the first to open in WA, although its liquor licence is the first to be approved. Also added was some clarification around the nature of the centre’s myth busting.

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Subiaco supermarket fined $12,000.

Farmer Jack’s done for health breach

CHRIS THOMSON

The Farmer Jack’s supermarket in Subiaco has been fined $12,000 for a string of health and hygiene offences.

A Department of Health notification reveals that supermarket owner Dallying Pty Ltd will have to pay after City of Subiaco health inspectors discovered the supermarket had failed to meet use-by-date and food labelling standards.

Farmer Jack’s offered food for sale after its use-by-date, and was also found to have failed to keep its premises to a standard of cleanliness, and to ensure its fixtures, fittings and equipment were clean.

The offences occurred on April 1, 2015 and December 11, 2014.

Farmer Jack’s, at Crossways Shopping Centre on the corner of Rokeby Road and Bagot Road, is somewhat of a Subiaco institution.

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Country town shopping town recommended for approval at old hospital site.

Northam ALDI on the way

CHRIS THOMSON

An 1600 sqm ALDI at the site of Northam’s defunct hospital has been recommended for approval by a state assessment panel.

The $15 million project also contains a 3750sqm Coles supermarket, 200sqm grog shop, 680sqm Best & Less shop, specialty shops, cafe and Coles Express fuel station.

To make way for the country town shopping town, all former hospital buildings will need to be bowled.

An Optus telecommunications tower will stay on the site, but me moved.

During the project’s public consultation phase 10 people supported it, six objected, five raised partial objections, and two chimed in with general comments.

A state assessment panel will vote on Northam shire’s recommended approval on October 19.

Render: Oldfield Knott Architects Pty Ltd

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ACCC steps in to stop market concentration in Mandurah.

ALDI Coles duopoly less likely

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An ALDI and Coles duopoly around the Mandurah suburb of Lakelands is less likely thanks to a ruling today by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The ACCC has announced it will not oppose the proposed acquisition by Coles Supermarkets Australia of a lease to operate a supermarket at Lakelands, after Coles accepting a court-enforceable undertaking.

The undertaking requires Coles to divest its freehold interest in a nearby development at Singleton to a purchaser approved by the ACCC within a specified period.

“The ACCC’s concerns were that the proposed acquisition would have the effect, or would be likely to have the effect, of substantially lessening competition in the local retail supermarket market surrounding the Lakelands site,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

“However, these concerns was remedied by the divestiture undertaking.

“The undertaking creates an opportunity for a viable and long‑term competitor, other than Coles, to enter the local retail supermarket market.”

Coles currently operates a supermarket at Meadow Springs, within 5km of Lakelands, and owns the freehold interest in the retail site at Singleton where it had been planning to operate a supermarket.

By operating a supermarket in Lakelands, in the absence of the undertaking, Coles would be likely to operate up to three full-line supermarkets in the local retail supermarket market in the future once they are all developed.

The only other supermarket in that local market is the proposed ALDI in the Lakelands development (pictured) which is not expected to open until late 2016 at the earliest.

Render of the planned Lakelands shops: The Buchan Group Architects

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German retail giant one step closer to another Mandurah outlet.

Lakelands ALDI endorsed for approval

CHRIS THOMSON

An ALDI supermarket has been recommended for approval at the proposed $50 million Lakelands shopping centre at Cobaki Place in the Mandurah suburb of Lakelands.

Developers of the shops, PEET, have negotiated for ALDI to be an anchor tenant, along with Coles.

PEET wants the pictured shops completed by November 2016.

Lakelands ALDIWhether that’s a realistic goal or not will be influenced by a state assessment panel which is set to vote on the plans on June 17.

In March, oneperth.com.au revealed plans for an ALDI at the corner of Anstruther Road and Elizabeth Street in Mandurah. That ALDI was unanimously approved by a state assessment panel on March 13.

Another ALDI is planned for the Mandurah suburb of Halls Head (see Denis Hands’ comment below).

Renders: The Buchan Group Architects

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Maddington, Hilton ALDIs hit blank wall

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: ALDI fans, prepare to be double disappointed – for now, at least.

Fresh from this week’s oneperth.com.au revelation that Fremantle council planners have recommended an ALDI at Hilton be refused because the supermarket would have a blank wall facing South Street, the City of Gosnells is using a similar reason to withhold its support for an ALDI at Maddington.

oneperth.com.au has learned that ALDI wants to erect the pictured $4 million supermarket and an ALDI grog shop on the corner of Albany Highway and Burslem Drive.

ALDI MaddingtonBut the City of Gosnells is proving to be a fly in ALDI’s generic brand ointment, recommending that a state assessment panel refuse the German retail giant’s Maddington supermarket.

The main reason the city gives for not endorsing the ALDI is that it would present an “inactive frontage (in the form of a generally blank wall) to Herbert Street” which is not fully built yet.

One objection (complaining about a potential increase in traffic) and two submissions of support were received on the ALDI during the council’s obligatory consultation phase.

In addition, the Department of Health chimed in with a concern over the “normalisation” of the viewing of alcohol by young people if it were available in supermarkets, and a contention that the sale of alcohol in supermarkets increases consumption and hence health issues.

An existing concrete and iron retail building would need to be demolished to make way for the ALDI.

The state panel is set to consider the city’s recommended refusal on June 10.

Plan: Modus Blueprint Pty Ltd

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Fremantle ALDI rebuffed

CHRIS THOMSON

CLICK HERE FOR JUNE 2 RELATED STORY: MADDINGTON ALDI REJECTED BY GOSNELLS COUNCIL FOR THE SAME REASON FREMANTLE COUNCIL HAS REBUFFED THE HILTON ONE.

Fremantle city planners have recommended that a planned ALDI discount supermarket within its borders be refused, contending it does nothing for the vibe of busy South Street.

Last month, oneperth.com.au revealed plans for an ALDI on South Street in the outer Fremantle suburb of Hilton.

Now, oneperth.com.au has learned that port city planners have recommended a state planning panel refuse the $4.2 million ALDI, which has earned the ire of 500-odd Hilton locals.

The planners contend that the planned ALDI, pictured, fails to engage sufficiently with South Street.

During its obligatory advertising period, the ALDI received 59 objections, and 23 letters of support. And a petition opposing the ALDI was signed by 462 people.

Fremantle’s planners have sided with the objectors, expressing concerns that the ALDI’s storage and delivery areas, rather than entryway, front South Street.

The recommended refusal is slated to be debated by a port city planning committee on Wednesday night.

Generally speaking, the Dozen or so ALDIs already approved around metropolitan Perth have been welcomed with open arms by their local municipalities. There was some community opposition to the ALDI planned for leafy Mundaring, but Mundaring Shire recommended that ALDI for state approval, and a state assessment panel complied.

For first news on more ALDI plans, check back here regularly. We’ve brought you first plans of ALDIs at KwinanaMandurahInnaloo, Mundaring, Kwinana, Cannington and Southern RiverSo you know it makes sense.

Render: I:IPH Architects

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Southern River 7-Eleven fuel stop on the way

CHRIS THOMSON

Plans for a 7-Eleven fuel station at the eastern Perth suburb of Southern River have been recommended for state approval.

The pictured blueprints for a 7-Eleven fuel stop at Southern River will be considered by a state assessment panel on May 11.

The plans include a 206sqm convenience store accompanied by four petrol bowsers to operate around the clock, seven days a week.

During the public comment phase for the project, six of nine submissions received by the City of Gosnells objected to the planned 7-Eleven servo.

The naysayers contended the project would generate too much traffic, attract unruly elements to the area, and emit noise and chemical and petrol odours.

Southern RiverBut in its report to the state panel, Gosnells council contends the planned trading hours are “acceptable” and “any impacts on the amenity of the neighbouring residential area would not be unreasonable given the proximity to an established commercial precinct”.

If approved, the 7-Eleven servo will rise at the corner of Ranford Road and Balfour Street, as pictured, left.

As recently as October last year, 7-Eleven opened its first convenience store – at the corner of High and Market Streets in Fremantle. That was soon followed by another Fremantle outlet, two shops in the Perth CBD and one on Rokeby Road in Subiaco.

None of these shops had fuel stations attached.

The recent WA expansion was 7-Eleven’s first entry into a new market in 32 years.

Thanks to a tip-off from an eagle-eyed oneperth reader, it is understood that 7-Eleven has applied to build a fuel stop at Lansdale in Perth’s outer north as well.

7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd is one of the largest private companies in Australia with more than 600 shops across the eastern seaboard, and more than a third of market share in the convenience shopping market.

The company plans to open more than 75 shops across WA in the next five years.

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Hilton ALDI plans revealed

CHRIS THOMSON

First plans have emerged of the latest in a string of ALDI shops planned for metropolitan Perth, this time in the Fremantle suburb of Hilton.

ALDI plans to erect the pictured supermarket and 77 car bays between Victor and Ethelwyn Street, opposite South Street from an existing IGA.

The planned ALDI is now with the City of Fremantle which has been charged with making a recommendation on the project to a state assessment panel.

If eventually approved by the state panel, the Hilton ALDI will be built on the site of an existing local shopping centre that until recently housed the Hilton Fresh fruit and vegetable emporium, which ceased trading on February 22.

The shops also house a butcher store, hairdresser, newsagency, post office, King of Soul key cutter and cobbler, and the Sweet Ginger cafe which on weekends hosts a modern jazz band

Hilton ALDIAll that diversity will go if the set-plan ALDI gets up, as the project involves demolition of the existing shops.

ALDI claims its planned store will “add to the mix of retail offerings” in the area.

In eastern Australia, ALDI offers a more limited range of products (mostly under its own private label) than its Woolworths and Coles competitors.

Hilton ALDIThe company claims to have the cheapest prices for staple groceries in Australia, and to lower the prices of groceries in markets that they enter.

The Hilton ALDI would have 1020sqm of floor space.

Anticipated opening times are 8am to 8pm weekdays, 8am to 5pm Saturdays and 11am to 5pm Sunday.

You can check out, and comment on, the planned Hilton ALDI here until May 15.

For first news on more ALDI plans, check back here on a regular basis. We’ve brought you first plans of ALDIs at Kwinana, MandurahInnaloo, Mundaring, Kwinana, Cannington and Southern RiverSo you know it makes sense.

Renders: I:IPH Architects

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Supermarket skyscraper for East Perth

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Real estate developer Diploma Properties has been selected to erect a snazzy skyscraper, including supermarket, on the site of the defunct Chemistry Centre opposite Queens Gardens at East Perth.

The state government wants the 5335sqm block converted into a mixed-use tower with more than 200 apartments, dining venues and shops.

Supermarket skyscraper Chem Centre East PerthPlanning Minister John Day said Diploma’s project would integrate the heritage-listed Chemistry Centre building.

“This development is expected to create 250 jobs and is an investment of more than $160 million to the State by Diploma,” Mr Day said.

The proposal includes a 16-storey apartment tower and roof-top ‘sky gardens’ with views to neighbouring Queens Gardens.

The Material Sciences red-brick heritage building will be adapted to provide an entry to a street with restaurants and shops.

Riverside - Lot 101 Hay Street (view west)Diploma is dealing with a major supermarket chain to instal them as the main 1500sqm tenancy.

“The government went to the market looking for a supermarket that could service the hundreds of new residents living in East Perth and working in new office developments in the area,” Mr Day said.

Construction is slated to start in 2016.

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Kleenex Kleenz up Reject Shop

CHRIS THOMSON

The Reject Shop has lost its bid to trademark a brand of hand cleaner called ‘Kleenz’ after the multinational owner of the Kleenex trademark proved consumers would probably confuse the two.

In 2012, Kleenex owner, Kimberley-Clark Worldwide Incorporated, opposed The Reject Shop’s registration of the ‘Kleenz’ trademark, later claiming it was deceptively similar to ‘Kleenex’.

Kimberley-Clark argued Kleenex had enjoyed a reputation in Australia since 1951 first for facial tissues, tissues impregnated with cosmetic lotions since 1995, toilet paper and paper towels since 2002, soaps, impregnated wipes, and wet wipes for hands, face and body since 2008.

The Australian Stock Exchange listed Reject Shop hit back, arguing Kimberley-Clark had no monopoly on the prefix ‘Kleen’.

The 320-shop discount retailer cited Selley’s Super Kleen, Selly’s Oven Kleen, Ozi Kleen, Kwik N’ Kleen, Kleen Group, Kleen Sweep, Kleen Kanteen, Mint Kleen and Genie Kleen as examples of other traders’ trademarks.

But, last month, Debrett Lyons, a delegate to the Registrar of Trade Marks, noted that Kleenex “has a massive reputation in Australia”.

Mr Lyons considered the proposed ‘Kleenz’ trademark (pictured, inset, and copied from Mr Lyons’ published decision) had a “significant visual resemblance” to the Kleenex one.

He refused to register ‘Kleenz’ as a trademark, and ordered The Reject Shop to pay Kimberley-Clark’s legal costs.

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IGA fined for employing 11-year-old girl

STAFF REPORTER

The proprietor of an IGA supermarket at Jurien Bay has been fined $2250 in the Perth Industrial Magistrate’s Court for illegally employing an 11-year-old girl.

The charge related to the employment of the child as a shop assistant in five shifts of work that were performed on weekend days during August last year.

Under the Children and Community Services Act 2004, it is illegal for businesses in the retail industry to employ children aged less than 13 years.

Retail industry employers may employ children aged between 13 and 15 years, but must not allow them to work before 6am or later than 10pm.

The employer also must obtain written permission from the child’s parent or guardian to employ them.

Department of Commerce spokesman Joseph Lee said the prosecution  of MMG (WA) Pty Ltd – trading as the IGA supermarket in Jurien Bay should serve as a timely reminder to all employers of their obligations under these laws, particularly in the major school holiday period of the year.

“Of particular concern in this matter is the very young age of the child concerned,” Mr Lee said.

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Carouselosaurus

CHRIS THOMSON

JANUARY 7, 2015 UPDATE: CAROUSELOSAURUS WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY A STATE ASSESSMENT PANEL ON DECEMBER 18. 

Approved plans by AMP Capital to convert Garden City into the state’s biggest shopping mall will be thwarted if a counterplan by Westfield to up the lettable floor area of its Carousel mall at Cannington is backed by a state assessment panel on Thursday.

Westfield’s $235 million Carousel expansion plans would see the lettable floor area of Carousel balloon from its existing 83,122sqm to a whopping 130,230sqm.

That’s 10,230sqm bigger than AMP Capital’s planned 120,000sqm of floor area for Garden City at Booragoon in Perth’s southern suburbs, approved by a state planning panel back in May.

If approved on Thursday, and built as planned, a supersized Carousel at Cannington in Perth’s east would retain its place as Western Australia’s largest mall.

The project, recommended for approval by the City of Canning, would see a new civic square, entertainment and leisure area, child care centre, health centre, market, offices, restaurants, shops, takeaway food outlets, and an extra 5626 parking bays.

A total of 47 submissions were received during the consultation period for the Westfield Carouselosaurus, comprising four letters of objection, three of support and 40 from fence sitters.

Also recommended for approval at Thursday’s assessment panel meeting is a $13 million Bunnings Warehouse on the site of the soon-to-be shunted and revamped Cannington greyhound track across the street from Carousel.

In April, a $4 million, 1170sqm ALDI supermarket was approved for an existing building across Albany Highway from Carousel.

Photo: ‘Shinjiman’, Wikimedia Commons

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