Chasing a bargain

By Nicola Kerkenezov

Trolleys were jostling at the ready as a strong crowd lined the street in the lead-up to ALDI supermarket opening at Noosaville yesterday.

Hundreds poured into the new store on Weyba Road after doors opened at 8.30am, hurriedly cruising the four main aisles snapping up bargains, which among other things included a Livingston trumpet with case $249, iPod nano 4GB $179, and bananas $0.99/kg.

Happily standing back and watching the rush was ALDI state managing director Viktor Jakupec, who said "customers were voting with their feet".

"We are proud to stock our own labels, offer weekly special buys on Thursdays, and display unit pricing on all our products for customers to see," he said.

"It has been a really hard slog with council to get here, it almost didn't happen. "But today we are very happy to be offering customers another choice."

One suitably impressed customer was ALDI store diehard Jill Clements-Kennedy, of Mudjimba, who made the trek to the new store to do her weekly shop and snap up some Christmas presents.

For the past three years she had been driving to ALDI at Morayfield and Gympie.

"I make huge savings. One month I saved $81, the next $61 and that is compensating $20 for diesel," she said.


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