ALDI announces plans to come to Rockhampton!
Published on 16 February 2017
It’s official! Not one, but two, ALDI stores will be coming to Rockhampton!
The demand for ALDI has been heard loud and clear from the community over the years, and now the Region is set to benefit from two ALDI locations.
Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said persistence has finally paid off after first contacting the company in 2013, expressing the community’s desire to have the retail giant in the Region.
“After being in talks with ALDI for three and a half years now, I am very excited to finally announce their presence in our Region and welcome them to our community,” Mayor Strelow said.
“As the project has gone through its various iterations, it has been frustrating at times when I have known what was happening and haven’t been able to answer our community.
“I was waiting for them to have a go at me for harassment,” Cr Strelow joked.
“I know I’m not the only one in the community who was making contact with them, but I am extremely delighted by the outcome.”
In a letter to Council ALDI stated, “The feasibility of Rockhampton as a long-distance market for ALDI is contingent on two sites.”
“This was even more good news for us knowing that, like many supermarkets, for ALDI to have a viable presence their business is dependent on two sites,” Cr Strelow said.
A development application has been lodged over the vacant site next to Fantastic Furniture on Gladstone Road, Allenstown. Meanwhile, the location of the second ALDI store is still to be confirmed, but potentially could form part of the mixed use proposal over the vacant site next to Spotlight on Yaamba Road, Park Avenue.
While it is not yet confirmed when construction will begin on the Gladstone Road site, there is one thing Mayor Strelow said the Region can look forward to.
“This means more jobs for our Region with 15 - 20 jobs at each store once the doors open.”