Aldi move greeted with envy by Rocky mayor
OUR neighbours to the north in Rockhampton are fuming after hearing the news Gladstone will get an Aldi store first.
Frenchville resident Greta Alridge has been appealing to the German company to open a store in Rockhampton for years.
"When I lived in Brisbane, I would only shop at Aldi and it would save me up to $80 a week feeding a family of five," she said.
"I've heard all the reasons why they can't (come here) but perhaps they should start listening to their customers and change their business model."
Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow has also been campaigning for Aldi to set up shop in central Queensland for several years.
"About 18 months ago I had a series of conversations with Aldi. I initiated the discussion and it was to try to convince them to come to Rockhampton," she said.
"I like to think that my pushing probably helped get it as far as Gladstone. I wish we were getting one, but I'm glad for Gladstone."
Mayor Strelow spoke with an Aldi representative early on Thursday morning to see if a Rockhampton store was on the cards.
"I made contact with an Aldi representative this morning and it appears the business model still does not support a Rockhampton store," she said.
Despite rumours circulating, Mayor Strelow said the Rockhampton council had never received an application for a store from Aldi.
Bundaberg residents have been able to shop at Aldi for almost a decade, with their flagship store opening in 2005.
A second outlet in Kepnock was opened in 2011.