Perth is going crazy for Aldi, with stores opening across WA, Martin Eade reports.

The wait is finally over! Aldi opened its first four WA supermarkets today at Belmont Forum, Kwinana, Lakeside Joondalup and The Square Mirrabooka. The official launch was held at the Kwinana store, where crowds assembled to grab some early bargains despite the rather chilly weather.

If you’re not familiar with the Aldi concept and what it means to WA shoppers, you can read about it here.

Aldi KwinanaDuring the opening ceremony, it was confirmed that Western Australian shoppers will not pay higher prices compared to the east coast for all products except fruit and vegetables, due to regional sourcing.

“At Aldi Australia, we are committed to helping our customers stretch their grocery dollars further, without ever compromising on quality,” said Damien Scheidel, Aldi Managing Director – Western Australia.

“Western Australians will not pay any more for their groceries than Aldi shoppers on the eastern seaboard, with the exception of fresh fruit and vegetables. These products are purchased state by state, and therefore there will be minor variances in pricing for these items.”

Aldi KwinanaPremier Colin Barnett was on hand to cut the ceremonial ribbon, and formally welcome Aldi to Western Australia.

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“Aldi is a welcome addition to the Western Australian retail sector. They will provide job opportunities and a wide variety of fresh local produce. I look forward to shopping there soon,” Mr Barnett said.

Aldi KwinanaThe Premier was also the first customer of the day, buying some flowers for his wife. And yes, he joked with the cashier that he would be taking his change.

Aldi KwinanaTo support its statewide expansion, Aldi has already partnered with 27 Western Australian produce suppliers, including Newtown Orchards and WA Farm Direct.

Aldi KwinanaToday’s store openings form part of Aldi’s long-term expansion plans, which will see up to 70 stores developed across Western Australia in the coming years – by 2020, according to the Premier.

Aldi KwinanaEach store will provide 15 – 20 jobs, with a total of 1200 new permanent jobs to be created.

Aldi KwinanaMore than 90% of Aldi’s every day grocery range is made up of its exclusive branded goods, with many benchmarked to be equivalent to or better than market leading brands, at permanently low prices.

Aldi Kwinana“Special Buys” play a big part of the Aldi experience, with new items released every Wednesday and Saturday. The newest items will always be found towards the back of the store.

Aldi KwinanaAldi stock a range of organic and gluten-free products at relatively low prices.
Aldi KwinanaAldi has committed to opening up to 20 stores in Western Australia before the end of 2016.

Its next ten stores will open in Halls Head, Australind, Harrisdale, Rockingham, Camillo, Southern River, Mandurah, Butler, Mundaring and South Lake.

Martin Eade
Martin has left his IT career behind to focus on his true passions of writing, photography and food. His Perth-based food blog, Morsels, covers many areas including cafe & restaurant reviews, coffee and fast food.