German store?s thought for food


AT the start of 2001, the German-based food store chain Aldi began its campaign to carve out a niche in the Australian grocery market.

Now, it looks almost certain the privately owned, international retailer will move into Grafton.

The Clarence Valley Council yesterday granted conditional consent for a new store to be built at 163-169 Prince Street and 131 Oliver Street.

Council's conditional approval was subject to issues relating to the referral of the development application (DA) to the Traffic Advisory Committee and NSW Police. Concerns over site contamination and stormwater management also require further investigation.

A report to council stated the site is known to have accommodated underground fuel storage.

"Such storage has the potential to have contaminated the soil on-site," the report stated.

The design of the development and issues related to public safety and crime potential have been referred to the NSW Police safer by design officer in Coffs Harbour.

Council director of planning and environmental services Rob Donges told council that comments from the RTA, NSW police and the traffic advisory committee would provide the necessary guidance on the final wording of conditions.

The Aldi company has long been considered extremely media shy.

Aldi management prides itself on low prices ? made possible by scrapping marketing campaigns, rudimentary stores and hiring few staff.

The company pioneered the concept of selling a limited assortment of produce, have hundreds of stores world-wide and is one of the largest grocery chains in the world. Plans for the two-story development were submitted to council in Decem- ber.

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