Hundreds flock to new store
HUNDREDS of people queued at Belmont Forum last Wednesday to take their first peek at the new Aldi store.
One keen shopper camped out overnight to claim first spot in the queue, while others started arriving from 7am.
A long queue had formed outside the supermarket by 10am and snaked its way outside the shopping centre, on to a footpath about 50m from the main entrance.
Among the shoppers were Patti Zagar and Jennifer Ball, who were impressed with what they saw.
“I reckon it is brilliant and it’s all Australian food,” Ms Zagar said. “It’s so much cheaper than everywhere else and it’s about time we got it.”
Ms Ball said she also happy with the range of products and would be coming back. She said the new supermarket would be good for Belmont.
“It’s not too big and overpowering and everything is displayed nicely,” Ms Ball said.
The shoppers were not surprised at the huge turnout on the opening day.
Aldi WA managing director Damien Scheidel said shoppers would not pay higher prices compared to its stores on the east coast for all products, except fruit and vegetables, due to regional sourcing.
“Regional sourcing ensures the freshest, highest quality product at the best possible price, with a focus on seasonality and local producers,” Mr Scheidel said.
Aldi has partnered with 27 WA produce suppliers, including Newtown Orchards and WA Farm Direct.