SINCE moving to Gladstone I have long lamented the lack of shopping here.
There wasn't even Sunday trading, which was a bit of a shock to the system.
I have gradually become used to the limited selection.
But the one thing I haven't become used to is the absence of an Aldi store.
Now it looks like Aldi is contemplating making a move this far north, and it's about time.
When people are struggling with high rents and living costs, a supermarket with cheaper everyday basics would come in handy. People are already looking for places in their budgets where they can save a bit of money, and usually the groceries are an easy place to trim from.
But usually this means cutting out luxury items and going without a few treats. If you're spending less on the basics, you can afford to have a treat now and then.
And for people who question whether it really is cheaper, you just have to look at the current affair-type shows that do a basket of groceries challenge - Aldi usually comes out on top.
Or have a look at the prices at the Aldi website and compare them to what you are paying now.
I'll admit I've had a few things from Aldi that I wouldn't buy again, but it goes the same for items I've bought from Coles, Woolworths or IGA.
Until Aldi decides whether Gladstone is on its expansion plans, I'll have to be happy with my mum and dad bringing up "care packages" from Aldi for me when they come to visit.
These packages usually include a breakfast cereal the kids and I love and a few other items that are mainly for the kids. So, come on Aldi - give us a go.
What have you got to lose?
I'll be the first one waiting at the door when you open.