Aldi to finally open store in Gladstone... on Curtis Island
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ALDI has announced plans to open its first store in Gladstone, on Curtis Island.
The popular discount supermarket chain said the island was the perfect place for its new venture, having a decent sized population who have nowhere else to go.
"The workers on Curtis Island work long hours and find it hard to get to the shops," Queensland regional manager Rob Shopinsky said.
"Having our store right there will be a definite boost for them."
Asked about plans to open a store on the mainland in Gladstone, Mr Shopinsky said that despite persistent rumours, the only store to open in the region would be on Curtis.
"The FIFO workers are the lifeblood of our region, and they deserve to have this opportunity," he said.
Gladstone mayor Gayle Sollars said it would be great for Gladstone to finally have an Aldi store.
"This is something I've been working on bringing to Gladstone for a long time," Cr Sollars said.
"Workers on the island have been crying out for something like this, given the lack of shopping options out there.
"Now they won't have to travel to Rockhampton or Bundaberg on their days off, and instead can enjoy a well-earned rest."
Bechtel general manager Devon Borg also welcomed the development.
"We have over 10,000 people working across the three projects and on the mainland, and I'm sure they will appreciate another opportunity to spend their downtime shopping," he said.
One Curtis Island worker, who declined to be named, said the Aldi store would be a great business opportunity for keen entrepreneurs, who could bring Aldi products to the mainland and sell them to the public with a decent mark-up.
"I don't know how I'd go bringing a 50-inch tele over on the ferry, but I'm pretty sure I could bring over a few packets of German biscuits in my backpack," he said.