Existing leases honoured: Aldi
ALDI may not redevelop the Captain Stirling Shopping Centre until the IGA supermarket lease expires in 2024.
An Aldi Australia spokesman said the German-owned supermarket chain would honour all existing leases at the Nedlands shopping centre.
“However, if a tenant decides to vacate of their own accord, prior to the expiration of their lease term, there is potential that we could be in a position to develop an Aldi store sooner than expected,” he said.
He said Aldi planned to build a “small neighbourhood store” of about 1500sq m.
Nedsavers co-ordinator Barry Nunn said the shop leases ranged from 1-9 years.
“There is a lot of community concern coming from the traders, people living nearby and those who come here regularly for their shopping,” Mr Nunn said.
“We want something of a scale that is appropriate to the area.
“Big scale means traffic, it means less room for other developments such as other shops and density housing.
“Development on this site must be based on a sound planning strategy from the City of Nedlands. Otherwise we are in danger of an opportunistic spot development that damages the current village approach.”
Mr Nunn said the proposed Aldi would be about double the size of the existing 740sq m IGA.
“The rejected Woolworths proposal was over 4000sq m, which gives you a feel for the difference in size,” he said.
“Although we want more details, Aldi’s timeframe is really dependent on what the council does.
“Their developer could not responsibly say: ‘Yes let’s do xyz’, without knowing the framework. So our pressure has got to be on the City to move forward with this study.”
Nedlands Council will consider a planning strategy for the site tonight.