While Gladstone waits, Aldi considers third Bundy store

WHILE Gladstone waits for its first Aldi store, Bundaberg is set to get its third, with the supermarket chain looking at a new site in the Rum City.

Gladstone Regional Council approved Aldi's application earlier this month, with a two-storey building to be constructed on the corner of Breslin and Boles St.

It was news that residents had been waiting for for years.

Meanwhile, in Bundaberg, Aldi is eyeing off a site in the CBD's Bundaberg Plaza that was previously occupied by IGA.

An Aldi spokesperson has confirmed the chain is looking at revamping the space for a new store.

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"There is a strong appetite amongst the Bundaberg community for an alternative place to shop," the spokesperson said.

"We are currently investigating opportunities to establish a presence in Bundaberg Plaza.

"As we are in the early stages of planning, we cannot confirm any further details or timings at this stage."

Aldi's first Australian store was opened in 2001.

The chain opened its first Bundaberg store on Johnston St, Avoca, near Sugarland, in 2005.

A second store was opened six years later off FE Walker St at Kepnock in 2011.

If the Aldi does open a third store in Bundaberg Plaza, it will be its first Bundaberg store in a pre-existing building and inside a shopping complex.

The German supermarket giant generally prefers building its own stand-alone stores.