(FILES) This file photo taken on August 24, 2009, shows the sign of an Aldi store in Alexandria, Virginia. The German discount grocery store giant unveiled a major US expansion plan on June 12, 2017, aiming to make it the third-largest US grocery chain in five years. The planned $3.4 billion expansion will add nearly 900 additional stores and 25,000 new jobs, the company said in a statement. / AF
(FILES) This file photo taken on August 24, 2009, shows the sign of an Aldi store in Alexandria, Virginia. The German discount grocery store giant unveiled a major US expansion plan on June 12, 2017, aiming to make it the third-largest US grocery chain in five years. The planned $3.4 billion expansion will add nearly 900 additional stores and 25,000 new jobs, the company said in a statement. / AF

Hopes rise as Aldi expands

HOPES  for North Queensland being a future location for Aldi Australia are rising with the German retail giant ­planning a major expansion across the country this year.

Aldi, which opened its 500th store in Australia in ­November last year, is set to open a further 32 stores including eight In Queensland.

In December, a spokesman for the discount chain told the Bulletin Aldi had no current plans to bring the discount store to Townsville and North Queensland.

However, confirmation of Aldi's plans has heightened speculation that Townsville could still figure in its ­expansion.


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