ALDI Australia has reached the next milestone in its expansion into South Australia, with the commencement of steel work at its distribution centre, in addition to achieving progress on future store sites.
Late last year, ALDI appointed construction company Badge to oversee the development of its 32,000sqm distribution centre at Regency Park. The construction phase is expected to take place over the next eight months, employing more than 500 local contractors.
ALDI Managing Director – South Australia Viktor Jakupec said that with the building’s steel work now taking shape, its presence in South Australia is fast becoming a reality.
“This new distribution centre will act as the hub of ALDI’s South Australian region and will have the ability to service up to 50 stores,” Mr Jakupec said.
ALDI has also commenced construction of one of its first stores in SA, at Robinson Road, Seaford Heights. The construction phase is expected to take six months and employ 25 contractors.
Development applications have been lodged for 16 store locations. The first stores are expected to open in early 2016, with approximately $300 million to be invested in the state over the next few years.
Alongside property planning, the ALDI team has been working behind the scenes to understand the unique wants and needs of South Australian shoppers, with community outreach revealing that while many South Australians are unfamiliar with its retail format, many are eager to experience shopping with the retailer.
“We’re finding South Australian shoppers are becoming more and more curious about what we have to offer,” Mr Jakupec said. “We’re keen to show them the benefits ALDI has to offer not only their wallets, but also their lifestyle.”
Each of ALDI’s South Australian stores will support 15-20 employees.