Hun­dreds flock to new store

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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.

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