New Aldi could be com­ing soon

Su­per­mar­ket gi­ant close to agree­ment

The Chronicle - - News - TOM GILLE­SPIE tom.gille­[email protected]­i­

SU­PER­MAR­KET gi­ant Aldi has re­vealed it is close to an­nounc­ing a new store in Toowoomba’s western sub­urbs.

The Ger­man chain, which al­ready has three lo­ca­tions in the Toowoomba re­gion, said it had nearly reached an agree­ment to move into the Bridge St plaza in Torrington.

The shop­ping cen­tre has been miss­ing a su­per­mar­ket since IGA closed in 2016, with the sur­round­ing re­tail­ers suf­fer­ing without a flag­ship busi­ness.

But an Aldi spokes­woman said a deal with the cen­tre own­ers was close.

“We are pleased to con­firm that ne­go­ti­a­tions for a new Aldi store in Torrington are pro­gress­ing well,” she said.

“We hope to reach an agree­ment soon and bring high­qual­ity prod­ucts and great value to lo­cal shop­pers.

“We know there is strong de­mand in Toowoomba for an al­ter­na­tive place to shop, and we look for­ward to up­dat­ing the com­mu­nity as our plans progress.”

The Bridge St Plaza own­ers were con­tacted for com­ment.

Smaller re­tail­ers like hair­dresser Kristy Sharp­ley ap­pealed to res­i­dents to sup­port them while Aldi was still ne­go­ti­at­ing.

“We have our reg­u­lar clien­tele who are keep­ing us go­ing and we feel so lucky to have them but it would be great to have some more cus­tomers,” she told The Chron­i­cle in Au­gust.

“Other than our reg­u­lars, the cen­tre is quiet so it is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly harder to keep go­ing.

“Our hope is that when Aldi ar­rives the cen­tre will be re­freshed and pump­ing full of peo­ple so it is thriv­ing again.”

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