Zone reforms clear way for Aldi expansion

AldiAldi will open the doors to its latest store in Victoria this month following the state government’s introduction of reformed commercial zones.

The store, to be located in Altona North, will open on April 29 and is the second of seven stores planned to open for the supermarket giant in Victoria under new zoning laws.

Aldi opened the first under the new legislation in Cheltenham in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs in October 2014. The remaining stores slated for Victoria include Mentone, Dromana, Springvale, Traralgon, and Epsom Village.

Aldi says it has worked closely with the local council to celebrate Altona North’s heritage, installing a large artwork on the store’s outer wall, representing the Carbon Black factory that once occupied the site.

“We are excited to open this new store, which will enable more local residents to discover Smarter Shopping – a convenient way to shop for high quality products that are equivalent to, if not better than, the market leading brands, at permanently low prices,” an Aldi spokesperson said.

“Our unique business model has been designed to save our customers’ time and money. For the third time in four years, Roy Morgan Research has awarded Aldi  ‘Supermarket of the Year’ for its industry leading levels of service and customer satisfaction, which is a testament to the great value continually offered to the community,” the spokesperson said.

Last month Aldi confirmed it had begun its first foray into South Australia, commmencing construction of its 32,000sqm distribution centre in the state’s Regency Park.

Aldi confirmed in October 2014 it would invest $700 million to build two distribution centres and as many as 120 stores across both SA and Western Australia.

The first stores in SA are expected to open in early 2016, and around $300 million will continue to be invested in the state over the next few years.

Aldi first opened in Australia in 2001 has around 319 stores across Victoria, NSW, and Queensland.

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