Aldi swaps one store for another

ALDI has confirmed the closure of its existing Lavington Square supermarket when a larger operation opens in Wagga Road.

The discount grocery chain opened in the shopping centre next to Big W in 2005, but Aldi will shut that supermarket once the new, larger one opens.

Last week Aldi submitted a development application with Albury Council for a $2.4 million supermarket within the former WOW Sight and Sound building.

“We can confirm that we recently agreed commercial terms to acquire land on 383 and 385-387 Wagga Road,” an Aldi Australia spokesperson said.

“We have lodged a development application with the Albury Council to develop this site into a larger and more convenient store for the Lavington community.

“Upon receiving satisfactory planning approval, we intend to commence the refurbishment works and thereafter close down our existing store (in Lavington).

“Further details on the new Lavington store on Wagga Road will be confirmed in due course after our submission has been approved by council.”

The replacement will also include land now occupied by Albury Furnishings on the southern side of the WOW building.

Access will be provided from Wagga and Griffith roads with 93 car parks to be provided.

The amalgamated sites sold for just under $3 million.

In 2004 Aldi opened its first store in Albury-Wodonga on Melbourne Road, Wodonga on the former Blacklocks Ford site.

An expansion of that store is due to be completed in August.

“We look forward to offering residents of Wodonga and Lavington the opportunity to experience Aldi’s shopping innovations and high quality exclusive brands at permanently low prices,” the spokesperson said.

“We are extending our Wodonga store to provide our customers with an even better shopping experience, with increased retail floor space.”

Aldi has another supermarket in Young Street, opposite Bunnings, which opened in 2009.