Supermarket to open in November
By DAWN COHEN
IN AN Australian first, international supermarket giant Aldi is offering local retailers space in their new Ballina complex.
The German corporation is opening an 800-square metre store on the corner of the Pacific Highway and North Creek Road.
Up to five shops from 60 to 200 square metres will be available for lease in the centre, costing between $12,000 and $65,000 a year.
Work on the centre is presently under way and Luke McGrath, the director of its leasing agent, Storm Retail Development, said the centre was expected to open around November.
It is the first time Aldi will share Australian stores with other retailers, Mr McGrath said.
"The company wants local businesses to draw in local customers," he said.
Aldi regional managing director Victor Jakupec said the 9000-square metre plot was too big for one store.
"We keep prices down by having less floor space than other supermarkets," he said.
"We don't offer specialty items.
"Everything is prepackaged. We don't bake on site, so a butcher or a baker will complement what we offer."
It will mean lower prices for the Northern Rivers once Aldi comes to town, he said.
"Where there is an Aldi store, Woolworths and Coles charge 20 per cent less than elsewhere," he said.
The company is in the top 10 biggest retailers in the world, with more than 5000 stores in the US, Europe and Australia.
After only four years in Australia it will open its 100th Australian shop by the end of the year.
The Ballina development received approval in July 2004.
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