Good news for Aldi, bad news for customers

Australian shoppers have been waiting for months to find out when German supermarket chain Lidl would open its doors here,
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Australian shoppers have been waiting for months to find out when German supermarket chain Lidl would open its doors here, hoping their competitive pricing would force Coles, Woolworths and even Aldi to lower their prices even more.

Now though, it turns out Lidl has backed out of its plans to open stores in Australia, saying the competition is too strong and our population too small.

It’s great news for Aldi, who has been enjoying the title of Australia’s cheapest supermarket for a few years now.

Lidl was going to be its biggest threat to that title, with the supermarket stocking many items that are even cheaper than Aldi.

Shoppers around the country have been loving Aldi ever since it first hit our shores, but the arrival of Lidl had many people even more excited as it meant even cheaper groceries across the board.

Lidl executives visited Australia 18 months ago and set in place plans to open stores across the country.

Thanks to the fierce price war between Aldi, Coles and Woolworths though, it has decided to back out and head to America instead where it can get a bigger share of the market, reports SMH.

It’s bad news for customers who were hoping to save a few extra dollars at the checkout every week.

With the high cost of living and a pension rate that isn’t nearly enough to get by on, many seniors say they were hoping Lidl would help drive down prices at all the major supermarkets to make it a little easier to live week by week.

It looks like that won’t be happening any time soon though.

In the meantime, Aldi, Coles and Woolworths will continue to battle it out for customers and their dollars with many hoping the price drops at least continue in the coming months.

Are you disappointed Lidl won’t be coming to Australia? Have you noticed your grocery bill getting cheaper, or is it still expensive to do the weekly shop?

  1. Chris  

    I dont shop at Aldi for various reasons – one of which is that it doesnt stock everything that my household requires in our fortnightly shopping. I have found that trying to shop at multiple places with a limited budget doesnt work well at all. Every fortnight the shopping bill goes up just that much further – certainly in more leaps and bounds than the pension ever will………

  2. Lesley  

    Never have, never will shop at Aldi. So Lidl wouldn’t have got my custom, anyway.
    Just don’t like their ‘business models’.

    Will continue to shop at Woolies & Coles, whichever is convenient for ME, even though they’re both pains in the a@&$, with their ‘price wars’ stupidity currently, which is grossly annoying.

    • Jude Power  

      What part of Aldi’s “business model” don’t you like? If you mean designing checkouts so that workers aren’t standing all day and staff rotating duties, not providing plastic bags, not having “specials” but permanent cheap prices, I don’t get it: what’s to not like?

      There have been a number of price comparisons which prove there’s not much difference overall between Coles & Woolies and that Aldi is not much over HALF the price of the other two for the same items. I repeat, what’s not to like?

      • Lesley  

        Get off your bee high horse, with your rant!

        As outlined, I’ve never shopped there, so not aware of anything about which you wrote!

        It’s MY choice, & always will remain so!

        • Deborah  

          You stated you didn’t shop at Aldi due to their business model but with no explanation of what part of it you don’t like! Producers it would seem prefer Aldi to Coles or Woolies. If you choose not to shop there, that is of course your choice but slamming their business model with no explanation is a little harsh don’t you think?

          • Lesley  

            I’m NOT required to ‘explain’ to you, or anybody else, my ‘reasons’.

            If you, or others’, don’t understand what the words ‘business models’ mean, your problem!
            Look it up in your ‘Funk & Wagnall’s!

            And yes, most decidedly, my choice, to shop where I want!

        • Deborah  

          You stated you didn’t shop at Aldi due to their business model but with no explanation of what part of it you don’t like! Producers it would seem prefer Aldi to Coles or Woolies. If you choose not to shop there, that is of course your choice but slamming their business model with no explanation is a little harsh don’t you think?

          • Marion  

            Do you work for Aldi?
            Your reply to Lesley is a tad ‘aggressive’!
            .

    • Ric  

      Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face, Lesley, and others! We shop wherever the prices are best and the goods suit our requirements. That quite usually includes Aldi. And Coles. And Woolies. I even went into an IGA the other week, simply because they were the only place that stocked what it was I wanted.

  3. Don  

    The supermarkets fight each other at the expense of the farmers , the farmers are and always have been the the back bone of this country. If they do well the whole concept does well , we should all never forget the farmer!!!

  4. Josephine B  

    With Lidl now not entering our markets we’ll see even Aldi raise their prices. I’ll still shop at all 3 major stores being in the same complex where I shop to save as much as I can and help our Aussies farmers by buying local produce.

  5. Cherie Rozumiejczyk  

    Shucks that’s disappointing ,I’ve noticed my bill at Aldi is getting more expensive in the last 2months between $15 and $17 per week ,that hurts when your living on a tight budget ,

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