Gladstone residents excited by savings coming with Aldi
NEWS that Aldi has submitted a development application for a store at West Gladstone has generally been greeted with excitement.
The Observer revealed on Thursday that plans were finally underway for a discount supermarket in Gladstone.
Mum Cathy Langridge believes she will save on her weekly shopping bill if she can shop at Aldi.
She lives a few doors down from the Boles St location that has been proposed by the discount supermarket.
And she says she's "stoked" at the prospect.
The mother of four spends up to $400 on groceries a week and is already counting the savings.
"Mum and Dad live in Bundy. They shop (at Aldi) there and it always makes me jealous," she said.
"Now if they move in here, I can too and I don't have to drive."
Kirkwood resident Melissa Drummond said she saved up to $150 when she shopped at an Aldi store.
"I drive to Bundy to shop at Aldi and can save up to $150 a shop," she said.
"A fresh chook at other shops here is $10 and at Aldi it is $5."
She said some items were hit and miss.
"They have the normal things with different brands. The kids like the Tiny Teddies but they're called Tiny Tots," she said.
Mayor Gail Sellers is thrilled with the news.
"It is a wonderful thing," she said. "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."
Cr Sellers said Aldi representatives had visited Gladstone a number of times.
"I've driven around town numerous times looking at sites," she said.
"It's a really big thing, because when I started talking to them, they said they couldn't go north of Bundaberg because of the time drivers can travel.
" I don't know what's changed. I think they've probably looked at the market here and looked at the number of people from Gladstone who shop in Bundaberg."
On a scale of one to excited, how pleased are you about Aldi coming here?
This poll ended on 21 February 2015.
Thrilled! I can't wait
I'm relatively pleased. Competition is always good
I haven't shopped at Aldi before, but I'll check it out
It makes no difference to me
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
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.
" The community and the people who live in that area will need to have discussions about noise levels, access. All of those things will need to be looked at.
"But I think the community will be very excited.
"We'll make sure the access is right, we'll make sure the noise is right."
Cr Sellers said Aldi always preferred its first store in a city to be in an inner suburb.
"If they do a second store they'll do it probably out in the suburbs. But their first store is always in the inner city," she said.
WHAT YOU SAID ON FACEBOOK:
Rachel Steele: Good news, but... can you imagine the potential chaos when the adjacent primary school knocks off at 3pm? We need to look into a full-time 'crossing lady' at the corner lights.
Angie Lawson: Be prepared for long waits in queues! Buying your own plastic bags... no 8 items or less lanes....
Samantha Bradley: I can eat all the honey mustard chicken burgers I want now.
Tammy Ellem: It's good news but election coming up and the results of that might change this being built. I'll believe it when the foundation's on the ground.
Gordon Stewart Earnshaw: I wish they would also get into fuel as well so as to break this Woolies/Caltex Coles/Shell duopoly.
Ruella Naidoo: Yay! Now I don't have to go to Rocky.
Kyle McClure: Yeah and the shopping centre was supposed to be built years ago. Pretty stupid place to put an Aldi in my opinion.
Laurie Sch: Competition is finally coming to Gladstone!
Graeme Hill: Oh! Good just what we want, a grocery store with a garage sale in the middle of it.