ALDI is celebrating its five-year anniversary in Western Australia this week.
On 8 June 2016, ALDI opened the first four Western Australian stores at Kwinana, Belmont Forum, The Square Mirrabooka and Lakeside Joondalup.
Fast forward to June 2021 and the retailer has grown to operate 47 stores around the state, with plans to open another six stores over the next two years. This includes a store in Karrinyup next month, as part of the new-look Karrinyup Shopping Centre, and in Willetton, Clarkson and Albany early next year.
As ALDI has expanded across the western seaboard, the retailer says it has continued to recruit more locals.
“We currently employ more than 830 Western Australians in our stores and Jandakot-based head office and distribution centre, providing industry leading salaries and five weeks annual leave,” says ALDI WA Managing Director Caroline MacPhail.
“Our positive impact extends beyond our store footprint as we source locally where possible supporting local business communities. We currently partner with 80 Western Australian businesses such as Delroy Orchards, Key Produce and Turkish Bakeries who grow and produce our avocados, tomatoes and Turkish bread.”
ALDI says it supports the local communities in which it operates. Last year, its Western Australian stores donated more than 1.3 million meals to charity partners including OzHarvest, Foodbank, Halo Team Inc, Rainbow Church Food Ministry, Ellenbrook Community Collective and the Champion Centre in Byford, Armadale and Camillo.
“I’m proud of ALDI’s contribution to WA, whether it’s driving down grocery prices or providing jobs for locals across diverse communities,” says Ms MacPhail.
“We have come a long way since opening our first few stores back in 2016 and we are excited to continue our expansion into new locations such as Albany, providing access to high-quality groceries at incredibly low prices for more Western Australians.”