Aldi confirms its plans for store in Gladstone
A VISIT by Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers to an Aldi store has sparked a fresh round of rumours about the discount supermarket opening in Gladstone - and this time they're true.
The Observer can reveal that Aldi has submitted a development application for a supermarket at 54 Boles St, West Gladstone.
The application was received by Gladstone Regional Council just before Christmas.
Cr Sellers visited the Bundaberg Aldi store on Wednesday, her first visit to the discount supermarket.
"It was new to me," Cr Sellers said.
"I only went to look. I didn't shop. I've been chasing Aldi for Gladstone for so long."
Gladstone residents have been desperate for Aldi to open a discount supermarket in the city for a number of years.
Aldi has confirmed it has secured a site in Gladstone.
A spokesperson for the company said Aldi was establishing a new store and considering the long term potential of the area and population numbers.
"Aldi has submitted a development application and is looking forward to working with the Gladstone Regional Council and the wider community for bringing a smarter shopping experience to Gladstone," the spokesperson said.
"We'd like to specifically acknowledge the support we've received from Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers, who has been instrumental in supporting us."
The store is expected to have 15 permanent staff when it opens.
Because the project is in its early stages, no further details are available on when the store will be built.
Cr Sellers said the move was wonderful.
"People have been talking to me for at least four years about it. It was something they badly wanted, so a lot of people will be very happy."
The mayor said council staff would be working through the application now.
The site will be signed so people are aware of the development, and there will be a period of public consultation.
"It will have to follow due process with council," Cr Sellers said.