INTERNATIONAL supermarket chain Aldi opens the doors of its Tamworth store today.
It comes after months of preparations and transformations to part of the Centrepoint Shopping Centre’s former Franklins supermarket space.
Aldi will be the fourth supermarket chain to open a store in Tamworth, with Woolworths, IGA and Coles already having established retail stores in the city.
Coles also opened its third store at the Southgate Shopping Centre just two weeks ago.
Aldi prides itself on sourcing its produce from Australian growers and producers and the Tamworth store will be no exception.
It is understood that Aldi sources a proportion of its meat products from a New England abattoir, so shoppers can rest assured that they’re buying locally.
Aldi managing director for the Minchinbury region, Oliver Bongardt, said they sourced 100 per cent of fresh meat, 94 per cent of chilled dairy and 97 per cent of fruit and vegetables within Australia.
“We are the only major grocery retailer in Australia to list all products and prices online so our customers know the exact value they are getting when they shop at Aldi,” Mr Bongardt said.
The store has also provided 10 career opportunities for local residents.
Aldi offers permanently low prices across its products, some exclusive to the chain, which include a selection of electrical goods.
Tamworth is the latest regional centre to acquire an Aldi store, following openings at Muswellbrook, Port Macquarie, Taree and Maitland.
The new store will be open for trading Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 8.30am-7pm.
It is understood Aldi’s retail neighbour JB Hi Fi, which opened two weeks ago, will soon adjust its trading hours now the supermarket is open.