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Aldi prepares for SA arrival

 

AldiDiscount supermarket chain, Aldi, is continuing its aggressive expansion across Australia, confirming plans to open an eight hectre warehouse and distribution centre in South Australia.

To be located in Adelaide’s Regency Park, the SA warehouse and distribution centre will be around 30,000sqm and cater for about 50 new Aldi grocery stores. The site is expected to cost around $70 million and create about 150 jobs.

“The opening of our South Australian business will generate up to 900 new jobs and we are looking forward to offering the people of South Australia our smarter shopping offering, which is a convenient instore experience with a clearly defined product range of the highest quality products, at permanently low prices,” Viktor Jakupec, MD of Aldi South Australia, said.

Jakupec was appointed head of the chain’s South Australian division last year, having previously lead the company’s expansion into Queensland in 2004, where it now has around 75 stores across the state.

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Aldi confirmed plans to enter SA and WA in 2014, aiming for around 45 stores in SA and up to 60 to 70 stores in WA.

In October, 2013, the supermarket chain reportedly began conducting interviews with potential SA store managers and area managers as part of its recruitment program.

Aldi has 319 stores across Victoria, NSW, and Queensland. Since first entering the local market in 2001, Aldi is now estimated to have around five per cent of Australia’s supermarket sector.

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