Aldi cools on Albany store

John DobsonAlbany Advertiser
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German retail giant Aldi has gone quiet on plans for a store in Albany as it continues its rollout across WA.

The discount supermarket company, which announced in January plans to open 14 new stores this year, taking its total number of stores to 33, has refused to comment on whether it is considering a store in Albany.

It has stores open or soon to open in other major regional centres such as Bunbury and Geraldton.

Aldi first appeared in WA in June, and it has opened 19 stores so far, employing almost 500 people and partnering with 32 local suppliers.

The company was more than willing to comment last year, but as recently as January did not wish to provide any comment when questioned by the Advertiser/The Extra about its plans.

As recently as July, the company said it was interested in Albany.

“We have an interest in Albany and recognise its potential as part of our long-term expansion plans,” a spokeswoman said.

“We have not committed to developing a store in the area at this stage, but will update the community as our plans progress.”

M/Group’s decision to buy the 12,200sqm Brooks Gardens Shopping Centre for $20 million in December sparked more public speculation of a possible Aldi store, with the company planning to redevelop the decade-old Chester Pass Road site.

Aldi announced earlier this week it planned to open a Geraldton store within a year in the suburb of Wonthella. It follows the opening of a store in Australind within the City of Bunbury last year. The retailer also has stores in Mandurah and across the metropolitan area.

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